§ 89. Sir T. Beamish
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what he estimates to be the annual cost of maintaining Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve III at its present strength of 10,000; and by how much he estimates that an additional 10,000 members would put up the cost of Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve II, taking into account equipment, training, bounty, accommodation and all other relevant charges.
§ Dr. David Owen
The answer to the first part of the Question is £2.5 million on the original basis for Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve III; to the second part, £1.8 million on the assumption that the additional members would fill vacancies in existing or planned establishments.
§ 90. Sir T. Beamish
asked the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT figures showing how he made his estimate of about £o million additional annual cost of the proposals for strengthening Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve II, showing separately liability and training bounties, travelling and other expense claims, uniforms, weapons, equipment and transport. accommodation, including camp facilities, subsidiary staff, including insurance and taxes, and other expenses.
§ Dr. David Owen
The estimate of about £¾ million represents the net additional annual cost of Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve II over and above the expenditure which had already been planned. Details are as follows:
£ Million Liability and training bounties 0.5 Training (including travel etc. expenses) 0.6 Equipment (including uniform, weapons, vehicles, etc.) 0.5 Accommodation (includes caretakers at Training Centres and also camp facilities) 0.5 Civilian staff 0.2 Other Expenses 0.1 Gross additional annual cost 2.4 Less: Savings within Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve II (through lower training obligation and lapsing of Special Army Volunteer Reserve) 0.4
Net additional annual cost 2.0 Less: (1) Expenditure already planned (mainly to increase Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve strength on old establishment) 1.1 (2) Savings on Reserves other than within Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve II 0.15 Net additional annual cost over and above expenditure already planned 0.75 NOTE. This estimate (a) Excludes Regular Army permanent staff; (b) Assumes recruitment to 80 per cent. of establishment.