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British Military And Naval Presence

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 9 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list every country and dependency where there is a permanent British military or naval presence, the annual costs to public funds of each such presence, and the proportion that represents in each case of the total cost of such a presence.

Countries and dependencies (outside the NATO area except Gibraltar) where there is a permanent British military or naval presence, and the annual cost to United Kingdom public funds of those forces, together with the proportion of the total cost of the presence in each case which this cost represents, are as follows:

Estimated Cost (1987–88) £ millionProportion of Total Cost per cent.
Hong Kong5525
British Indian Ocean Territory (Diego Garcia)1100
Falkland Islands (including South Georgia)141100
Gibraltar79100
Cyprus (includes SBA and UNFICYP forces)11281
Belize38100
Brunei0
We do not maintain forces exclusively for operations in dependencies other than those listed, and costs are not separately identified. These details exclude loan service personnel stationed in a number of countries and dependencies throughout the world. All the costs shown include directly attributable expenditure on capital works and equipment and are running costs for materiel and manpower. The costs of operational headquarters, bases and general operational support have been attributed pro rata.