HC Deb 17 June 1982 vol 25 c344W
25. Mr. Stan Thorne

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any decision has yet been made on whether additional financial provision will be needed to meet the cost of the Falkland Islands operation.

Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave today to the hon. Members for Edinburgh, Leith (Mr. Brown) and Goole (Dr. Marshall).

Mr. Joel Barnett

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to decide what proportion of additional defence expenditure on the Falklands task force will be met from the Contingency Reserve in 1982–83.

Sir Geoffrey Howe

We shall consider how the costs of South Atlantic operations are to be financed, when firmer information becomes available.

Mr. Joan Evans

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how he proposes to finance increased public expenditure as a result of the Falklands expedition.

Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

It is not yet possible to say what the costs of the Falklands operation will be and therefore to what extent supplementary provision may be necessary. The costs will be met in ways consistent with the Government's economic strategy.