HC Deb 01 February 1982 vol 17 cc41-2W
Mr. Marlow

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the average daily cost to his Department for each private soldier of (a) food, (b) clothing, (c) accommodation—excluding capital charges—and (d) heating; and to what extent these figures differ during basic training.

Mr. Blaker

The following figures represent average costs for a regular soldier, covering all ranks:

annual cost
Rations 367
Personal equipment and clothing 127
Accommodation stores, barrack services and utilities
(including heating) 794

These are the only relevant figures available.

Because of the method of computation the cost of heating cannot be separately identified. Nor is it possible to calculate daily figures which would have any meaning since there are a number of factors such as annual leave, detached duty and absence on training courses which preclude this degree of precision.