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Northern Ireland: Operation Banner

House of Lords written question – answered on 9th June 2010.

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Photo of Lord Bew Lord Bew Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost of Operation Banner.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Information dating back to 1969, when Operation Banner started, has not been retained. It is possible to provide data from the point at which General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland was allocated his own budget to manage. Changes in Ministry of Defence accounting methodologies over time make year-on-year comparisons difficult.

The figures in the first table are the cash outturn for the General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland top level budget which was first created in 1991-92.

Year 1991-92 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01
£ Million 355 436 489 510 475 494 508 509 528 535

The second table shows outturn figures for the same top level budget for financial years 2001-02 to 2005-06. In 2001-02 resource accounting was introduced in the Ministry of Defence. The practice of the time was to include cost of capital charges and depreciation in the final outturn figures for top level budgets.

Year 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06
£ Million 614 718 653 626 580

In 2006-07 cost of capital and depreciation charges were removed from top level budget accounts. The following figures therefore reflect cash outturn only.

Year 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
£ Million 389 232 131 114

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