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Copthorne Barracks

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the operating costs for Copthorne Barracks were in each financial year since 2001; (320764)

(2) what estimate he has made of the operating costs for Copthorne Barracks in each of the next three years.

Due to changes in the accounting systems, costs prior to 2003 are not held. Operating costs for Copthorne Barracks since 2003 are shown in the following table.

£ million

2003-04

5.024

2004-05

3.959

2005-06

5.327

2006-07

3.545

2007-08

4.030

2008-09

3.984

2009-10

3.360

Estimated costs for the next three years are as follows;

£ million

2010-11

3.558

2011-12

3.567

2012-13

3.654

The figures have been taken from the operating costs statement and cover property management, utilities and other general infrastructure costs.

Variations are due to changes in the budgetary structure, activity levels for units in Copthorne Barracks and property management projects.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the (a) medium-term and (b) long-term future of Copthorne Barracks; and if he will make a statement. (320766)

There are currently no plans to change the use of Copthorne Barracks.

The structure and organisation of the Army and its supporting infrastructure are kept under constant review.