§ Mr. McMahon
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the cost of watchdogs on RAF airfields; how many dogs are involved; and what is the total figure for watchdog operations in the Armed Forces within the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Pattie
The average cost of an RAF police patrol dog is between £700 and £800 per annum. There are at present a total 399 police dogs, of which 192 are based in the United Kingdom. Naval and Army establishments in 293W the United Kingdom currently employ 490 police, security and guard dogs making a United Kingdom total figure of 682.