Public Expenditure

Defence written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Russell Brown Russell Brown Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what savings, in each category of expenditure, his Department has made since May 2010; and what savings are forecast over the next five years.

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

holding answer 10 September 2013

As a result of the changes to policy and financial plans announced in and around the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the Department implemented savings of £74 billion over its 10-year programme, as presented in the following table:

  £ billion
Equipment and equipment support 36.8
Reductions in front line military personnel 8.8
Non front line reductions (including civilian personnel) 14.6
Sales receipts 1.4
Other running costs and changes in assumptions 12.0
Total savings 73.6

During the 2013 spending round, the Ministry of Defence committed to £875 million of further operating costs efficiency savings in 2015-16. These savings will be delivered from contract renegotiations, the centralised procurement of common goods and services, pay restraint, and reductions in the cost of the Department's civilian headcount and allowances.

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