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Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much it has cost his Department to maintain the Army in Northern Ireland in each year since 1979. (305411)

Information is not held back to 1979. It is possible to provide data from the point at which General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland was allocated his own budget to manage. Changes in MOD accounting methodologies over time make year on year comparisons difficult.

The figures in the first table are the cash outturn for the General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland Top Level Budget which was first created in 1991-92.

£ million

1991-92

355

1992-93

436

1993-94

489

1994-95

510

1995-96

475

1996-97

494

1997-98

508

1998-99

509

1999-2000

528

2000-01

535

The second table shows outturn figures for the same Top Level Budget for financial years 2001-02 to 2005-06. In 2001-02 resource accounting was introduced in the MOD. The practice of the time was to include cost of capital charges and depreciation in the final outturn figures for Top Level Budgets.

£ million

2001-02

614

2002-03

718

2003-04

653

2004-05

626

2005-06

580

In 2006-07 cost of capital and depreciation charges were removed from Top Level Budget accounts. The following figures therefore reflect cash outturn only.

£ million

2006-07

389

2007-08

232

2008-09

131

2009-10

114