Defence Equipment

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th October 2014.

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Photo of Lord Moonie Lord Moonie Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the Defence Equipment Plan 2013, how much of the £4.7 billion contingency provision and the £8.4 billion headroom is allocated for (1) equipment procurement and (2) equipment support.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

As set out in the Defence Equipment Plan 2013, the £4.7 billion contingency provision available at the end of Annual Budget 13 is intended to provide protection for the core equipment programme. This means the funding would be released to wherever it was required, whether for equipment procurement or equipment support projects, against unexpected cost growth in addition to the financial risk provision held in individual equipment project budgets. The £8.4 billion headroom described in the plan allows the Department to fund additional equipment procurement or equipment support programmes that are a high priority for Defence when they are required and we can be sure that they are affordable.

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