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Armed Forces: Deployment

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of deploying troops abroad was in each year since 1997. (219850)

The costs of deploying troops on military operations are calculated on a net additional basis and audited figures are published each year in the MOD’s Annual Report and Accounts. Costs of peacekeeping operations for financial years 1997-98 to 2006-07 were:

Military Operations - Costs: 1997 to 2007

Current prices (£ million)

Total Outturn

Total Peacekeeping Costs: 2006-07

1,754

Of which:

Balkans (Bosnia/Kosovo)

56

Afghanistan

742

Iraq

956

Total Peacekeeping Costs: 2005-06

1,220

Of which:

Balkans (Bosnia/Kosovo)

63

Afghanistan

199

Iraq

958

Total Peacekeeping Costs: 2004-05

1,064

Of which:

Balkans (Bosnia/Kosovo)

87

Afghanistan

67

Iraq

910

Total Peacekeeping Costs: 2003-04

1,462

Of which:

Balkans (Bosnia/Kosovo)

103

Democratic Republic of the Congo

1

Afghanistan

46

Iraq

1,311

Sierra Leone

1

EUFYROM

1

Total Peacekeeping Costs: 2002-03

1,390

Of which:

Kosovo

105

Bosnia

81

Gulf

45

Afghanistan

311

Iraq

848

Total Peacekeeping Costs: 2001-02

557

Of which:

Kosovo

142

Bosnia

93

Gulf

61

Sierra Leone

40

Afghanistan

221

Total Peacekeeping Costs: 2000-011

382

Of which:

Kosovo

220

Bosnia

120

Gulf

25

Sierra Leone

17

Total Peacekeeping Costs: 1999-2000

461

Of which:

Kosovo

325

Bosnia

108

Gulf

28

Total Peacekeeping Costs: 1998-99

196

Of which:

Kosovo

14

Bosnia

147

Gulf

35

Total Peacekeeping Costs: 1997-98

402

Of which:

Bosnia

386

Gulf

16

1 Prior to Financial Year 2001-02 costs were recorded on a cash accounting basis and therefore are on a different basis to subsequent years where recourse accounting costs are included.

The following estimated costs for operations in 2007-08 were included in Spring Supplementary Estimates published in February:

£ million

Afghanistan

1,582

Iraq

1,648

Balkans

31

Final figures will be published shortly in the MOD’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2007-08.