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Forces Training

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 15 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total expenditure was on training in the (a) Royal Navy and Royal Marines, (b) Army and (c) RAF; and how much was spent by each service in Scotland in the last year for which figures are available. [86008]

[holding answer 10 December 2002]: The best available estimates for the amounts spent by the Services' Training Agencies in 2001–02 on individual training for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force are respectively:

Service£ million
Royal Navy386
Royal Air Force554
These figures are on a full resource accounting basis.For the Royal Navy, a small proportion of trainee days are spent in Scotland, but separate costs are not recorded for these activities by the Naval Training and Recruiting Agency. The Army Training and Recruiting Agency estimates that its total expenditure in Scotland in the current financial year will be some £18 million. The majority of the RAF Training Group Defence Agency's training establishments are based in England and Wales, but the cost of their Outdoor Activity Centre at Grantown-on-Spey in Scotland for the current financial year is £648,000.The cash costs of Royal Marines individual training for financial year 2001–02 were £43 million. It is not possible to identify separately Royal Marines training expenditure in Scotland.Training costs falling to the Front-Line Commands are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.