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Falkland Islands: Military Bases

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much it cost to maintain the Falkland Islands garrison in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by category of expenditure. (196868)

In financial year 2006-07, the cost of maintaining the garrison on the Falkland Islands to the Chief of Joint Operations (CJO), who is responsible for maintaining UK forces there, was £65 million, broken down by category as follows:

£ million

Personnel

31.3

Infrastructure

8.6

Stock/Other Consumption (including fuel costs)

15.8

Equipment Support

2.8

Other costs (including transport costs)

6.5

This is a much lower figure than that reported in previous years because, as a consequence of a change in MOD accounting policy, CJO is no longer responsible for reporting fixed asset depreciation costs and the cost of capital on fixed assets.