Defence written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Vincent Cable Vincent Cable Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the replacement costs of military equipment damaged and destroyed in Iraq since the start of the war (a) in total and (b) for (i) tanks and other armoured vehicles, (ii) aircraft and (iii) helicopters; and whether these costs are included in the net additional costs of operations in Iraq.

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

The cost of replacing military equipment damaged and destroyed in Iraq is estimated at around £100 million, including £40 million for aircraft and £28 million for helicopters. We do not currently plan to replace any tanks or armoured vehicles as we assess their fleet sizes are sufficient to meet planned out of service dates. These figures are included in annual estimates of the net additional cost of the operation as they are incurred.

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