GREAT BRITAIN: Safety First

The long awaited White Paper, disclosing how much His Majesty's Government will spend in 1938 on "The Empire's Greatest Peace Time Armaments Program" (TIME, May 3) was issued last week in London, debated for just one day and passed 347-to-133.

Before trying to digest any of its unpalatable, stupendous totals, an average taxpayer in any of the seven Great Powers might well ask: "How much per capita are we all paying for defense? How much did we actually pay in 1937?"

Governments do not make it easy to arrive at such figures, and some...