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British Troops Overseas (Expenditure)

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 21 May 1947

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asked the Minister of Defence, (1) what was the amount of the cost of maintaining British troops overseas in the year 1946; and what is the estimated cost in the year 1947;

(2) what was the cost of maintaining British troops overseas in the year 1946 in the various theatres of occupation, giving details for each area.

I assume that my hon. Friend wishes to know the net cash expenditure of the Services overseas. On this basis, the figures are:

1946:
Approximately£216,000,000
1947:
Approximately£123,000,000
the expenditure in 1946 may be broken down broadly by areas as follows:

£
Europe36,000,000
Middle East61,000,000
Far East58,000,000
Other Areas61,000,000