Nimrod Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 6th March 2015.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of support costs for the Nimrod MRA4 in each financial year from 2009 to 2020.

Photo of Julian Brazier Julian Brazier The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Available expenditure information on the Nimrod MRA4 aircraft programme is provided below:

Financial Year

£ million

Pre 1996-97(1)

5

1996-97

72

1997-98

78

1998-99(2)

451

1999-2000

192

2000-01

307

2001-02(3)

58

2002-03

251

2003-04

444

2004-05

414

2005-06

304

2006-07

380

2007-08

308

2008-09

278

2009-10

310

2010-11(4)

87

Notes:

(1) Total cost of the assessment phase as at 31 March 1996. Earlier data is no longer available.

(2) Accruals accounting introduced to Ministry of Defence accounts.

(3) The variance between 2001-02 and 2002-03 in part reflects an accruals adjustment.

(4) As at 31 December 2010.

In addition, costs of £0.5 million were incurred in disposing of Nimrod MRA4 airframes, against a corresponding receipt of £1 million.

Available financial information has not identified payments relating to the programme after 20 October 2012.

Information on payments made to BAE Systems in respect of work undertaken on the Nimrod MRA4 programme is no longer centrally held and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. I am withholding details of costs associated with the cancellation of the Nimrod MRA4 programme as its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice commercial interests.

The Nimrod MRA4 support solution was in the assessment phase at the time the programme was cancelled. At that time, the approved cost of the support solution was £146 million. Estimated support costs for each year from 2009 to 2020 are no longer centrally held and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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