§ 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 743W privately by regimental associations. Their travel and veterinary costs are met by my Department, but these are minimal and are not therefore separately identifiable.