§ Mr. Moonman
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish in the Official Report details of those areas of work of his Department for which time cycles have been prepared covering the next 10 years or more; how far these have been budgeted for; what advice he has sought; and whether such planning has taken into account socio-economic models and the experience of other countries.456W
§ Mr. William Rodgers
Long-term costings are prepared annually to cover a 10-year forward programme. These are the basis for defence resource planning; and embrace all the work of the Department. They incorporate a wide variety of studies which take account of experience in other countries and call on advice from many sources. However, there is no Government commitment to the allocation of resources beyond the limits of the annual White Papers on public expenditure.