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Armed Forces: Expenditure

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on (a) the armed forces and (b) military intelligence since January 2002; and if he will make a statement. (252107)

Historic Defence outturn figures, as published in UK Defence Statistics 2008, are set out in Table 1 as follows. Due to the introduction of resource accounting and budgeting in 2003-04 there are no comparable outturn figures for the years 2001-02 and 2002-03. More detailed Defence expenditure information is available in the annual report and accounts, copies of which are placed in the Library of the House.

Table 1

Defence outturn (£ million)

2003-04

30,861

2004-05

32,515

2005-06

33,164

2006-07

34,045

2007-08

37,407

Total

167,992

Military intelligence functions are spread across a broad range of Defence activities. To produce an accurate figure would involve collating data from various sources across the Department and armed forces at disproportionate cost. Nevertheless, the majority of intelligence business is conducted by the Defence intelligence staff (DIS). DIS outturn figures (based on direct resource DEL and capital DEL) are set out in Table 2 as follows.

Table 2

DIS Outturn (£ million)

2001-02

162.5

2002-03

185.7

2003-04

216.0

2004-05

251.5

2005-06

269.1

2006-07

272.5

2007-08

257.0

Total

1,614.3

Outturn figures are not yet available for 2008-09.