HC Deb 20 July 1960 vol 627 cc485-6
33. Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for Air what has been the cost to his Department of maintaining Royal Air Force establishments and personnel in Malta during each of the past five years.

The Secretary of State for Air (Mr. George Ward)

We estimate the direct cost to Air Votes in the last five financial years at £4.4 million, £5 million, £5.1 million, £4.9 million, and £5.2 million.

Mr. Wall

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the figure he has just quoted, together with the figures given by his right hon. Friends in charge of the other Service Departments, show that about £20 million a year is going to Malta from the defence forces? Will he see that this figure is given wide publicity in the island?

Mr. Ward

Yes, but I should make it clear to my hon. Friend that the figures of cost for which the Question asked, and which I have given, are not quite the same as local expenditure, but we have spent about £18 million in Malta in this period.