HC Deb 09 February 1995 vol 254 c411W
Mr. Mullin

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what were the running costs at current prices of Polaris for each year since the programme began.

Mr. Soames

The running costs of Polaris from 1991–92, at 1993–94 prices, are as follows:

  • 1991–92: £176,000,000
  • 1992–93: £156,000,000
  • 1993–94: £103,000,000

This includes the costs of manpower, stores and spares, refits and the in-service support of warheads, submarines and their weapons systems. The annual running costs of Polaris since it first entered service could be provided only at disproportionate cost.