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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of UK armed forces are deployed in (a) Kabul and (b) Helmand province. (235172)

The authorised level for UK forces in Afghanistan is around 8,000, although the actual number of service personnel deployed in theatre can and does vary. Of these, some 500 are based in Kabul, some 2,100 are based at Kandahar airfield and some 5,400 are based in Helmand province.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost has been of the UK's involvement in Afghanistan in each of the last five financial years. (237187)

MOD identifies the costs of Operations in terms of the net additional costs it has incurred, which excludes the costs that the Department would have incurred regardless of the operation taking place, such as wages and salaries. Reduced costs on activities that have not occurred because of the operation—training exercises for example —are also taken into account in arriving at the net figures.

The annual audited cost of operations in Afghanistan for the last five years are set out in the following table:

£ million

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Total

Operations in Afghanistan resource costs

36

58

148

560

1,071

1,873

Expenditure on capital equipment

10

9

51

178

433

681

Total

46

67

199

738

1,504

2,554