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Iraq and Afghanistan

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reason is for the change in the amount he allocated to fund operations in Iraq and Afghanistan between the 2006 Budget and the 2006 Pre-Budget Report. (109998)

The costs of military operations are met from the reserves (including both the capital and resource reserves). They are subject to fluctuation as a result of operational developments and other factors. Budget 2006 announced £800 million of provision in the special reserve to help meet the resource costs of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and other international commitments.

The Ministry Of Defence has drawn down provision in its winter supplementary estimate for the current additional estimated costs.