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Afghanistan

Volume 711: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of the war in Afghanistan to date. [HL4144]

MoD identifies the costs of operations in terms of the net additional costs it has incurred. The costs that would have been incurred regardless of the operation taking place, such as wages and salaries, are not included. Savings on activities that have not occurred because of the operation—such as training exercises—are taken into account in arriving at the net figures.

The total annual costs of operations in Afghanistan since 2001 are set out below:

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09*

Total to Date*

Resource Costs (£M)

187

236

36

58

148

560

1,071

1,656

3,952

Capital Costs (£M)

34

75

10

9

51

178

433

967

1,757

Total (£M)

221

311

46

67

199

738

1,504

2,623

5,709

Note: The figures for 2008-09 are provisional outturn figures that are subject to final audit.

Our forecast cost for operations for 2009-10 will be published in main estimates shortly.