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EU Common Foreign and Security Policy

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what European Security and Defence Policy missions are in the pre-operational planning stage. (253364)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department plans to increase the number of its (a) military personnel and (b) civilian staff attached to the (i) European Union military staff and (ii) European Defence Agency. (253365)

We have no plans at present, but would consider opportunities as they arise and if and when resources are available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department was of providing (a) military personnel and (b) civilian staff attached to the (i) European Union military staff, (ii) European Defence Agency, (iii) European Union Military Committee and (iv) other EU institutions in 2008. (253367)

The total cost to the Department of the military personnel and MOD civilian staff attached to the European Union Military Staff, European Union Military Committee and other EU institutions was £1.9 million in 2008.

Military personnel and MOD civilian staff attached to the European Defence Agency (EDA) are paid directly by the EDA from its functioning budget, which covers all of the operating costs of the Agency. The UK’s contribution to the EDA’s functioning budget was €4.1 million (£3.94 million) in 2008.