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Army Costs

Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 18 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the total annual cost of (a) the regiments listed in his reply of 14 June, Official Report, column 326, in total and (b) the British Army as a whole.

A figure for the total cost of the regiments and corps listed in my reply to the hon. Gentleman of 14 June is not held in the form requested and could not be obtained without disproportionate cost. The Ministry of Defence does not plan or account for its expenditure on a service basis and a figure giving the cost of the Army as a whole could, again, be obtained only with disproportionate effort. However, tables 2.2 and 2.3 in volume 2 of the "Statement on the Defence Estimates" provided information concerning the cost of key elements of the British Army.