§ Mr. Home Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the additional 89 personnel to be deployed with British Forces in Bosnia as set out in his oral statement of 14 January,Official Report, column 1057, will be under United Nations command; and which vote will meet the costs of their deployment will be met by the Foreign Office vote.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
Yes. The additional specialist personnel deployed to Bosnia are an integral part of the British force and as such subject to the same command arrangments as currently apply to the battalion group as part of the United Nations protection force. The same will apply to the forces now available with the carrier group led by HMS Ark Royal if these have to be deployed ashore. It has not yet been decided which Government Department will meet the cost of this deployment.