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Occupation Troops, Austria And Germany (Cost)

Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 20 May 1947

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98.

asked the Minister of Defence how much the military Forces in Austria are at present costing the Treasury; and what portion of this cost falls on the Austrian authorities.

The expenditure daring the financial year 1946–47 amounted to about £10 million. No part of this cost fell on the Austrian authorities, who were, however, required to provide in addition, over the same period, goods and services to the value of approximately 125 million schillings. These figures include all expenditure on the military personnel of the Allied Commission.

99.

asked the Minister of Defence how much the British military Forces in Germany are at present costing the Treasury; what portion of this sum falls on the German authorities; and how far does this figure include expenditure on the Control Commission.

The expenditure during the financial year 1946–47 amounted to about £84 million. No part of this cost falls currently on the German authorities although the Occupying Powers will have claims for its eventual recovery. Meanwhile, the German authorities were required to provide in addition, over the same period, goods and services to the value of approximately 1,600 million Reichsmarks. These figures include all expenditure on the military personnel of the Control Commission.

Recruited forNormal Regular Engagements (a)Bounty Scheme. (3 or 4 years).Total Normal Regular and Bounty Scheme
January, 1947.February, 1947.March, 1947.January, 1947.February, 1947.March, 1947.January, 1947.February, 1947.March, 1947.Total.
(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)(7)(8)(9)(10)(11)
Royal Navy and Royal Marines.1,9151,6141,4825175524702,4322,1661,9526,550
Army2,2992,5482,4482,0691,7051,4864,3684,2533,93412,555
Royal Air Force.3,4722,3772,6912,3391,3451,1265,8113,7223,81713,350
Total7,6866,5396,6214,9253,6023,08212,61110,1419,70332,455
20,84611,609
(a) The term "Normal Regular Engagement" comprises civilian recruits (men and boys) either with or without previous service in the Armed Forces, and men already serving who have entered into normal Regular Engagements.