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Volume 86: debated on Thursday 14 November 1985

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asked the Prime Minister what is the direct and indirect cost of United Kingdom membership of COCOM; and how many staff in total, from each Ministry, are involved in its operation.

The United Kingdom's contribution to the COCOM budget this financial year will be about £97,000. Time spent by officials on COCOM is equivalent to 63 full-time staff as follows:


Her Majesty's Customs11

The indirect cost of United Kingdom membership is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.