Defence written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Rob Wilson Rob Wilson Conservative, Reading East

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost was of (a) deploying and (b) recovering troops and equipment to and from (i) Iraq and (ii) Kuwait between April 2003 and December 2005.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

Operational costs directly relating to the deployment and recovery of troops and equipment from Kuwait and Iraq were subsumed within the overall operation in Iraq. The annual audited figures for the costs of operations in Iraq for the financial year 2003–04 were £1,311 million and 2004–05 £910 million.

Estimated annual costs for operations in Iraq of £1,098 million in 2005–06 were included in spring supplementary estimates published in February. Final figures will be published in the Ministry of Defence's annual report and accounts for 2005–06 following audit by the National Audit Office.

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