HC Deb 22 January 1985 vol 71 cc405-6W
Mr. Churchill

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the approximate per capita annual cost of (a) a Regular Army soldier, (b) a Territorial and (c) a member of the Home Service Force, taking account of total employment costs, including remuneration, pension (where applicable), training and personal equipment costs.

Mr. Lee

[pursuant to his reply, 21 January 1984, c. 323]: The estimated average annual cost, at 1984–85 prices, for each of these categories is as follows:

Regular Army soldier 11,900
Territorial Army soldier 2,547
Member of the Home Service Force 574

These figures cover pay and allowances, personal equipment and other support costs and in the case of the regular army soldier elements for training and noneffective benefits. Training cost figures for territorial army soldiers and members of the home service force are not separately identifiable without disproportionate cost and effort.