§ Mr. Darling
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the total cost of maintaining each Scottish regiment of the Army in 1987.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
The costs of maintaining individual regiments are not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, the majority of Scottish regiments are infantry and the average operating cost in 1987 of a infantry battalion based in the United Kingdom was some £11 million. This figure includes personnel costs, spares, fuel and administrative support services, but excludes capital equipment costs.