In Yes, Prime Minister Series 2 Episode 7, Prime Minister Hacker referred to a math problem:
If it costs 5 billion pounds a year to maintain Britain’s nuclear defences and 75 pounds a year to feed a starving African child. How many children could be saved from starvation if the Minister of Defence abandoned nuclear weapons.
Sir Humphrey gave an answer:
None. They’d spend it all on conventional weapons.
I once thought the They here referred to the African people; but now I’m not sure.
Could it refer to the Ministry of Defence?