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Chris Mason Chris Mason | 13:39 UK time, Tuesday, 27 July 2010

It's day two of 5 live Drive's series looking at ways to drive down Britain's £156 billion deficit. Today I'm in Rutland in the East Midlands to look at foreign and defence spending.

It's an area where you might expect some big budgets. But compared to other areas, the figures aren't always so big.

This year, the government's planning to spend £40 billion on Defence and less than £6 billion on international development. Put together, that's less than half the budget for education.

Nonetheless, there are still beans to be counted and belts to be tightened. Once again, I'm looking forward to your ideas.

When Drive is on air you can text us on 85058, you can comment below or you can contribute to the BBC News website's Have Your Say discussion on this.

Chris Mason is 5 live's political reporter


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