UN Security Council

Defence written question – answered on 4th July 2011.

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Photo of George Freeman George Freeman Conservative, Mid Norfolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under which budget headings expenditure to date on enforcing UN Security Council Resolution 1973 has fallen; what estimate he has made of the future cost of military action; and if he will make a statement.

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

The budget headings against which the net additional costs for Operation Ellamy—the United Kingdom's contribution to coalition operations in support of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973—have been assigned to date are:

Personnel

Infrastructure

Inventory/Other Consumption

Equipment Support Costs

Other Costs

Depreciation

Fiscal Capital Departmental Expenditure Limit (CDEL).

The current estimate of the net additional costs of military operations for six months in support of Operation Ellamy is in the region of £120 million. This excludes costs associated with capital munitions expended.

Based upon current consumption rates we estimate the cost of replenishing munitions may be up to £140 million.

The Treasury has agreed to meet these costs from the Reserve.

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