§ Mr. Foulkes
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what were the amounts paid to the Canadian Government in each financial year from 1993–94 onwards for Royal Air Force use of the facilities at Goose bay, Labrador; what are the estimated total payments for financial years 1996–97 and 1997–98; what was the breakdown for each year into(a) dedicated costs and (b) the United Kingdom share of common costs; and what exchange rate was applicable for each year. 638W
§ Mr. Soames
For financial years 1993–94 to 1996–97 the breakdown is as follows:
Financial year 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 11996–97 Dedicated costs (£ million) 6.885 5.049 4.578 4.402 Common costs (£ million) 7.517 7.022 6.632 4.137 Total contribution payable to Canada (£ million) 14.402 12.071 11.210 8.539 Exchange rate £ = C$1.96 C$2.13 C$2.14 C$2.14 1 Estimates.
Figures shown are based on bills and estimates presented by the Canadian Government. We expect our overall costs at Goose bay to reduce slightly in financial year 1997–98.