§ Mr. D. E. Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what has been the total cost to date arising from the Falkland Islands campaign at current prices;
(2) what has been the total military expenditure in the Falkland Islands since 1982.
§ Mr. Stanley
Total defence expenditure on the Falkland Islands up to the end of financial year 1985–86 is estimated to be £2.6 billion at current prices, including the cost of recovering the islands following the Argentine invasion, residual campaign costs since, and the extra cost to the defence budget of establishing and maintaining the garrison. Of this figure, campaign costs represent some £1.5 billion.