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Falkland Islands: Defence

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of defence of the Falkland Islands was in each of the last three years. (212425)

In each of the last three years the costs to the Chief of Joint Operations, who is responsible for maintaining UK forces in the Falkland Islands, are as follows:

Financial year

Cost (£ million)

2005-06

143.3

2006-07

65.0

2007-08

67.8

The reason for the much lower figures in the last two financial years is that, as a consequence of a change in MOD accounting policy, the Chief of Joint Operations is no longer responsible for reporting fixed asset depreciation costs and the cost of capital on fixed assets.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of operating the Falklands airbridge was in each of the last three years. (212426)

The contract for the provision of the airbridge to the Falkland Islands is currently under review. I am therefore withholding the information as its disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.