§ Mr. Keith Simpson
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his Department's contribution to the Millennium celebrations; and what the cost to his Department will be. 
§ Dr. Reid
My Department intends to give the Millennium celebrations its fullest support both in the United Kingdom and, where possible, overseas. It is represented on the Millennium Co-ordinating Group chaired by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and has tabled a number of alternative proposals for consideration.
Until a choice has been made on the options offered, it is not possible to provide a meaningful estimate of cost to the Department.