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Armed Forces

Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 16 June, Official Report, column 52W, on armed forces funding, whether it is his policy that allocated funding should be retained by the armed forces if there is a shortfall in numbers of servicemen. [120814]

Ministry of Defence top level budget holders are allowed to reallocate resources within their annual budgetary allocations to best meet agreed outputs, subject to some restrictions on, for example, movements between Capital and Resource Expenditure. Budgetary allocations are revisited on an annual basis to ensure plans match available resources and any surplus funding on personnel costs that might exist would be reallocated to better achieve overall defence objectives.