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Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cost of operations in Iraq, broken down on the same basis as note 2.3 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08, was in (a) 2002-03 and (b) 2003-04; (258865)

(2) what the cost of operations in Afghanistan, broken down on the same basis as note 2.3 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08, was in each financial year from 2001-02 to 2003-04.

The costs for Afghanistan in 2001-02 were not compiled in the format now used in our annual reports and cannot be reproduced on the same basis. The major cost areas for that year were:

£ million

Resource expenditure

187

Capital expenditure

34

Total

211

The breakdown of costs in 2002-03 and 2003-04 for Iraq and Afghanistan is:

£ million

2002-03

2003-04

Iraq

Afghanistan

Iraq

Afghanistan

Service pay

30

17

196

10

Civilian pay

5

12

18

1

Infrastructure costs

53

8

75

5

Stock consumption

170

33

115

4

Equipment support costs

161

128

284

9

Other costs and services

134

32

209

6

Receipts and other income

3

(6)

9

1

Total direct resource Del

556

224

906

36

Stock Provisions/Write off

0

0

0

0

Provisions

(27)

8

(5)

0

Depreciation

100

4

132

0

Cost of capital

1

0

18

0

Total indirect resource Del

74

12

145

0

Total capital Del

218

75

260

10

Total all DELs

848

311

1,311

46