HC Deb 18 November 1997 vol 301 cc154-5W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 7 November,Official Report, column 361, if he will provide a breakdown of the estimated additional cost of the farewell voyage of HMY Britannia; and what estimate he has made of the level of costs incurred by the voyage to which they are additional. [16160]

Dr. Reid

The additional costs associated with the farewell voyage of HMY Britannia and its escort vessel can be broken down as follows:

HMY Britannia
Port and harbour dues 51,000
Fuel 71,000
Travel and subsistence 2,000
Telecommunications 3,000
Entertainment 5,000
Escort vessel
Port and harbour dues 20,000
Fuel 5,000

The only other identified costs specifically associated with the voyage are those of the support tanker RAF Brambleleaf. These amounted to £81,000 for Port and Harbour dues and £19,000 for fuel.

These costs are in each case additional to the underlying cost of running the vessels, including manpower, that would have been incurred whether or not they had undertaken the farewell voyage.