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Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been (a) spent on and (b) allocated to the British Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan. [120048]

Costs incurred by the Ministry of Defence from deploying and supporting the British-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Mazar-e Sharif will be charged to the Reserve. As such, there is no formal allocation of the Department's resources. In addition, other costs will fall to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development reflecting their own contribution to the PRT. While some preparatory work has been carried out, the PRT has still to deploy and it is too early to say what has been spent to date.