Peacekeeping Operations

Defence written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which countries British soldiers are engaged in peace-keeping missions; and what the total cost to the public purse has been of each deployment of UK defence personnel in each case.

Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

British personnel are currently supporting the UN peace-keeping operations in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), South Sudan (UNMISS) and the EU mission in Bosnia Herzegovina (EUFOR ALTHEA).

The UK contribution to the Cyprus mission has an annual Ministry of Defence (MOD) budget of £17.750 million.

MOD costs, based on capitation rates for financial year (FY) 2014-15, are estimated to be in the region of £310,000 per annum for UK personnel deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and £45,000 per annum for personnel in South Sudan. There is an additional cost to the MOD budget for personnel allowances; however, these vary depending on entitlements, are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The cost to the MOD of supporting the Bosnia Herzegovina mission in FY 2012-13 was around £800,000. This includes manpower costs, real life support costs, pre-deployment training and the operational rehearsal for those personnel involved. Again, these costs do not include personnel allowances which are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate costs.

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