Defence: Finance

Defence written question – answered on 12th March 2009.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon UUP, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what assessment he has made of the effect of funding for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan on the Royal Navy's budget for procurement of (a) aircraft carriers and (b) destroyers;

(2) what assessment he has made of the effect of funding for ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan on the Royal Air Force's budget for procurement of (a) Eurofighter Typhoons and (b) replacement Harriers.

Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence, The Secretary of State for Defence

The Department does not currently anticipate any impact on current procurement programmes arising from the costs of operations, as the MOD claims from the Reserve the net additional costs of military operations which it incurs, including in-year costs for emerging Urgent Operational Requirements (UORs).

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