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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons his Department’s departmental expenditure limit for 2008-09 was increased in the Winter Supplementary Estimates. (260122)

The principal reason for the increased MOD departmental expenditure limit (DEL) was the net increase in the RfR2 of £2.302 billion direct resource DEL, £1.063 billion capital DEL, and indirect resource DEL of £0.350 billion to reflect the forecast costs of peacekeeping operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans.

Details of the 2008-09 Winter Supplementary Estimate increased DEL request are set out in my written ministerial statement on 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 59-60WS. Further explanation can be found in the Winter Supplementary Estimates Memorandum, published in the House of Commons Defence Select Committee Report in the 2008-09 Winter Supplementary Estimate Evidence Section (HC52).