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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Defence written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Party Chair, Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the public purse of military action in Afghanistan since 2001.

Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox The Secretary of State for Defence

holding answer 28 April 2011

The annual audited figures for the costs of operations in Afghanistan since financial year 2001-02 are shown in the following table:

Operations in Afghanistan
£ million
2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 Total spend to date
Resource 187 236 36 58 148 560 1,071 1,655 2,330 6,281
Capital costs 34 75 10 9 51 178 433 968 1,491 3,249
Total 221 311 46 67 199 738 1,504 2,623 3,821 9,530

The estimated costs of operations in Afghanistan for financial year 2010-11 are shown in the following table:

Operations in Afghanistan
2010-11 Estimate (£ million)
Resource 3,101
Capital costs 1,390
Annually managed expenditure 6
Total estimated costs 4,497

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