HC Deb 01 February 1995 vol 253 cc742-3W
Mr. Milburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost of regimental mascots in each of the last five years.

Mr. Soames

The costs of purchasing officially recognised mascots, together with the cost of food, accommodation and ceremonial accoutrements, are met privately by regimental associations. Their travel and veterinary costs are met by my Department, but these are minimal and are not therefore separately identifiable.

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