§ Mr. Cooper
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the cost to date of the Royal Air Force presence in Zambia.
§ Mr. Millan
The additional cost of deploying and maintaining the Javelin force and supporting elements in Zambia up to the end of February is estimated to be almost £700,000. This figure which takes into account some air movements costs not previously attributed to support of the Javelin force excludes the cost of transporting oil for the Javelins which is not separately identifiable. It includes some local costs which will be met by the Government of Zambia.