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Reserve Forces (Cost)

Volume 721: debated on Thursday 25 November 1965

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT details of the discrepancy of £13,860,000 between the cost of the Reserve Forces, Territorial Army, and Cadet Forces shown in the Defence Estimates for 1965–66 as £24,140,000, and the figure of £38 million given as the cost of the present Reserve Army system in his statement to the House on 29th July last; for what purposes this balance is provided; and on which Votes the amounts are carried.

£24·14 million is the net amount of Army Vote 2, which includes the cost of pay, allowances and general grants to all Reserve Forces (including the Regular Reserve and Cadets), but does not include for example, the cost of their supplies (Vote 6) or equipment (Vote 7). The figure of £38 million was given by my right hon. Friend as the total cost from all votes of the Territorial Army and the Army Emergency Reserve.