To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the defence planned programme budget (excluding funds from the Unallocated Special Reserve) was used to finance operations in (a) Iraq, (b) Afghanistan, (c) the Balkans and (d) other operations in each of the last six years.
Net additional costs of military operations are not normally funded from the Defence core programme budget. Since 2001-02, the net additional costs of operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, the Gulf, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been funded from the Treasury Reserve.
No additional funding is sought for those items which would normally be paid for from the core programme budget, such as salaries, and information is not available on those sunk defence costs which contributed to operations.
The costs of operations carried out at the request of other organisations, e.g. UN peacekeeping/observer operations and DfID humanitarian operations, are also recovered from the requesting authority on a similar basis. Such operations are similarly not, therefore, a cost to the Department.
The only circumstance in which the Department does not raise charges is for the evacuation of UK non-combatant personnel from a place of danger to the nearest place of safety, such as last year's evacuation from the Lebanon to Cyprus. As we do not recover costs for such operations, we do not record their costs separately from those within the Defence programme.