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Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the cost of (a) combat and (b) peacekeeping operations in Iraq in each year since 2005-06; and if he will make a statement. (117374)

[holding answer 23 January 2007]: Major combat activities commenced on 20 March 2003 and ceased on 1 May 2003 spanning two financial years 2002-03 and 2003-04 totalling £2,158 million. All subsequent years are considered to be peacekeeping operations.

The costs of operations are calculated on a net additional basis and audited figures are published each year in the MOD's Annual Report and Accounts. The total of the annual audited figures for the costs of operations in Iraq for the years 2002-03 to 2005-06 was £4,026 million, the sum for 2005-06 being £958 million. An estimated cost of £860 million for 2006-07 was included in the Winter Supplementary Estimates published in November. Final figures will be published in the MOD's Annual Report and Accounts for 2006-07.