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Volume 116: debated on Wednesday 13 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the average per capita contribution to defence expenditure by the United Kingdom in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) Jersey and (d) Guernsey.

The original provision for defence expenditure in 1986–87 was the equivalent of some £327 per capita in the United Kingdom.The annual contribution made by the Isle of Man towards the cost of defence and other common services provided by the United Kingdom Government was equivalent to some £16 per capita in 1985–86, the last year for which figures are available. The island also provides military training facilities and a bombing range for the RAF.No regular contributions to the costs of defence have been made by either Jersey or Guernsey, but I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department to my hon. Friend the Member for Leicester, East (Mr. Bruinvels) on 1 April 1987, at column 516, for details of the agreements that have been reached with the islands over future contributions.