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I will write to the hon. Member shortly.
I promised to write to you on
As the Secretary of State reported to the House on
Based upon current consumption rates we estimate the cost of replenishing munitions may be up to £140 million.
You also asked about the cost of moving and operating an aircraft carrier off the coast of Libya. As the UK does not currently maintain a carrier strike capability we have not prepared cost estimates for a hypothetical scenario. Historic costs for the previous capability are not a good guide as it is impossible to know how NATO would have used such a capability if it had been available and offered, whether alongside or instead of the British aircraft currently contributing to the operation. Hence it is impossible to estimate some key cost drivers such as weapons expenditure and flying hours.
I am sorry I cannot be more helpful.