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Terrorism

Volume 116: debated on Tuesday 12 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the total cost of resisting the terrorist campaign since 1969.

[pursuant to his reply, 5 May 1987, c. 392]: One cannot give any completely reliable figure for the total costs incurred by a number of different Departments and agencies in resisting the terrorist campaign since 1969. However, the following table gives some indication of the scale of expenditure involved:

YearAdditional Cost1 of Deploying the Armed Forces in support of the RUC (£'000)Expenditure1 by the NIO on Law, Order, Protective and Miscellaneous Services2 5 (£'000)
1969–701,500n/a
1970–716,500n/a
1971–7214,000n/a
1972–7329,000n/a
1973–7433,000n/a
1974–7545,00099,529
1975–7660,000146,030
1976–7765,000165,383
1977–7869,000172,536
1978–7981,000199,317
1979–8096,000240,781
1980–81111,000299,696
1981–823149,000334,446
1982–83134,000351,177
1983–84141,000365,959
1984–85134,000394,382
1985–86127,000436,333
1986–87150,0004480,300

Notes:

n/a=not available.

1 All figures are in actual terms.

2 The LOPMS budget includes expenditure on items (eg civil defence) not directly related to the terrorist campaign, and the bulk of LOPMS expenditure (eg on the RUC and on prisons) does not all arise from the terrorist campaign.

3 The basis for calculating the armed forces additional costs was changed in 1981–82.

4 This figure is still an estimate.

5 Other Departments (eg the Lord Chancellor's Department and

the Attorney-General's office) incur expenditure in Northern Ireland which arises from the terrorist campaign and which is not included in this table.