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John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost was of the Queen's Flight in each of the last four financial years; how much of these costs were (a) fixed and (b) variable; and how many miles were flown by the Queen's Flight in each year.

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Don Touhig (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Veterans), Ministry of Defence; Islwyn, Labour)

The total cost of the 32 (The Royal) Squadron in each of the last four financial years and the breakdown of these costs into (a) fixed and (b) variable costs are shown in the following table:

Fixed and variable costs for 32 (The Royal) Squadron -- £ million
Financial year Fixed costs Variable costs Total
2002–03 20.2 5.0 25.2
2003–04 14.5 4.8 19.3
2004–05 11.7 4.6 16.3
2005–06 11.4 5.8 17.2

We are not able to provide a figure on how many miles are flown by 32 (The Royal) Squadron as this information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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