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Army: Finance

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated capitation cost for a (a) regular infantry battalion and (b) regular infantry brigade was in the latest period for which information is available. (234052)

[holding answer 10 November 2008]: The estimated annual capitation costs for an infantry battalion ranges between £19 million and £22 million depending on the battalion's role. This has been calculated using the capitation rates for financial year 2008-09; and covers the pay, national insurance and pension contribution costs incurred by the Department.

Brigades are either Light (including Air Assault and Commando), Mechanised or Armoured. All brigades deploy with infantry, but also include a range of other capabilities, which will vary according to requirements of specific operations. Capitation costs for a regular infantry brigade are therefore not readily available.