§ Mr. Hale
asked the Minister of Defence, (1) what was the amount of the cost of maintaining British troops overseas in the year 1946; and what is the estimated cost in the year 1947;
(2) what was the cost of maintaining British troops overseas in the year 1946 in the various theatres of occupation, giving details for each area.
§ Mr. Alexander
I assume that my hon. Friend wishes to know the net cash expenditure of the Services overseas. On this basis, the figures are:
the expenditure in 1946 may be broken down broadly by areas as follows:
1946: Approximately … £216,000,000 1947: Approximately … £123,000,000
£ Europe … 36,000,000 Middle East … 61,000,000 Far East … 58,000,000 Other Areas … 61,000,000