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Transport Aircraft

Volume 408: debated on Tuesday 1 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on chartering transport aircraft in each month since October 2001; and if he will make a statement. [116143]

The amounts in cash terms actually paid against submitted invoices for the period October 2001 to March 2003, are as follows:

£ million
October 20014.505
November 20015.534
December 20012.506
January 20021.287
February 20023.578
March 20029.190
April 20025.025
May 20026.755
June 20023.212
July 20024.427
August 20023.913
September 20024.360
October 20023.281
November 20021.801
December 20024.217
January 20030.831
February 20034.675
March 200315.688


These figures are provisional and subject to final audit.

The Ministry of Defence does not necessarily pay the charter fees in the same month as the activity takes place and a direct correlation cannot therefore be drawn month by month between aircraft chartered and costs paid. Neither is there necessarily a particular significance between the fluctuating amounts committed or paid each month.

Commercial aircraft are chartered by the MOD when required to supplement the strategic aircraft resources of the RAF, particularly when the timescale and size of arising operations overseas necessitate the rapid deployment of equipment in support of United Kingdom expeditionary Forces.