HC Deb 03 March 1983 vol 38 c232W
Mr. Trotter

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the present cost of the band service for each of the three services; what is his estimate of the financial savings to be made in each service as a result of the reductions to be made; and whether he is satisfied that bands of an infantry battalion reduced by one quarter will be able to provide a high standard of melody, in view of the fact that most military music is arranged for bands of the present size.

Mr. Wiggin

The estimated annual cost of the bands of each service at 1982–83 prices are:

£ million
Royal Marines 7.9
Army 25.1
RAF 2.6

Estimated annual savings at 1982–83 prices as a result of currently planned reductions are:

£ million
Royal Marines 1.1
Army 5.2

There are no planned reductions for RAF bands. I am satisfied that the reduced size of infantry bands will contain an adequate balance of instruments to ensure that the high standards are maintained.

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