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Defence: Expenditure

Defence written question – answered on 30th January 2012.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) how much the (a) Chief of the Defence Staff, (b) Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, (c) Chief of the Air Staff, (d) Chief of the General Staff and (e) First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff have spent on (i) gardening, (ii) entertainment and (iii) renovation and decoration of their official residences in 2011;

(2) how many staff were employed in the official residences of the (a) Chief of the Defence Staff, (b) Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, (c) Chief of the Air Staff, (d) Chief of the General Staff and (e) First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff in 2011; and what the cost to his Department was of such staff;

(3) how much his Department spent on accommodation for the (a) Chief of the Defence Staff, (b) Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, (c) Chief of the Air Staff, (d) Chief of the General Staff and (e) First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff in 2011.

Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond The Secretary of State for Defence

holding answer 10 January 2012

Under previous arrangements, Official Service Residences (OSRs) were provided for senior officers in posts which required them to undertake official hospitality for defence purposes. As announced by the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend Mr Robathan, on 12 December 2011, Hansard, column 63WS, these arrangements have now been discontinued and a new Domestic Assistance policy will realise savings of at least £3 million per year from April 2012.

Figures for expenditure on Official Service Residences in the financial year 2010-11 are currently being finalised. For the financial year 2009-10, the costs associated with the properties occupied by the senior officers specified are set out in the following table. It should be emphasised that responsibility for decisions on expenditure relating to these properties lies with the Ministry of Defence, and not with the officers who occupied them at the time, or the current occupants.

Post Accommodation (£) Planned maintenance (inc. gardening) (£) Entertainment costs (£) Number of household staff Cost of household staff (£)
Chief of the Defence Staff 17,000 450 2,000 4 128,000
Vice Chief of the Defence Staff 20,000 1,200 2,400 1 51,000
First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff 18,000 520 2,300 4 161,000
Chief of the General Staff (1)108,000 0 2,800 4 161,000
Chief of the Air Staff 49,000 250 6,600 4 97,000
(1) This property is part of the Crown Estate and a grant-in-aid is payable.

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