Armed Forces: Fuels

Defence written question – answered on 3rd July 2009.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on each type of fuel in each zone in which British troops are engaged in military action in each of the last three years.

Photo of Quentin Davies Quentin Davies Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Defence Equipment and Support)

Fuel costs, broken down by type and operational theatre from 2006-07 onwards are provided in the following table:

£ million
Fuels (non utilities) Aviation f uel
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09( 1) 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09( 1)
Operation Oculus (Balkans) 3 1 2 1 1 1
Operation Telic (Iraq) 48 38 38 16 28 32
Operation Herrick (Afghanistan) 6 25 41 10 45 109
(1) Figures for the financial year 2008-09 are provisional, pending final outturn which will be reflected in the Departmental report and accounts due for publication in July.

The figures in the table comprise petroleum-based liquid fuels meeting internationally recognised specifications that are used to power ships and vehicles, plus aviation fuels only. These figures can only be viewed as approximate since other fuels (such as natural gas and heating oil) are accounted for within a broader stock category, and some small local purchases may not be captured within these amounts. Costs relating to overall fuel price variance are recorded separately in terms of total departmental expenditure.

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