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Defence Attachés

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expenditure on defence attachés was in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005. (60781)

The overall cost to the Ministry of Defence of Defence Attachés in each financial year is as follows:

Financial year

Costs identified (£ million)

2004-05

37.2

2005-06

38.7

Under the terms of the MOD/FCO service level agreement, costs are shared with the FCO, which pays 30 per cent. of the total in respect of accommodation, fixed communications, security and some other support costs. The figures quoted in the table represent the balance (70 per cent.) attributable to the Defence Budget.

Full costs of Defence Attaché posts are not held centrally and their calculation would involve disproportionate cost.