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al-Yamamah Project

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 362W, on the al-Yamamah project, what the costs were for which his Department received a management fee from the Saudi Arabian government in respect of the al-Yamamah programme; in which years since 1985 a management fee was paid; whether the fees were retained by the Government; and if he will make a statement. (154618)

The Department has been paid a management fee in every year since 1986 to cover the cost of its participation in the al-Yamamah Project. The fee is held by the Department to cover in full expenditure as it arises on such items as the salaries and salary-related costs of the staff of the Saudi Armed Forces Project, office and domestic accommodation charges, travel and subsistence, IT and telecommunications, training and professional fees, and utilities.