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Defence Equipment: Expenditure

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the effect of increases in equipment costs on the defence budget. (242879)

The effects of changing costs are taken into account in the Department’s regular planning rounds. We are currently conducting Planning Round 2009, which will conclude in the first half of this year. We are also engaged in work which is designed to give a better indication of the overall impact of price variation on the Defence programme.