§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of providing his Department's fire engines for civilian duties on Merseyside on 17 August. 
§ Mr. Soames
The fire engines provided on Merseyside belong to the Home Office. Military manpower and equipment is being provided, for which additional costs—which include such items as subsistence and accommodation, transport, fuel and other consumables—will be recovered. The costs identified to date for the deployment on 17 August are in the order of £5,000.