HC Deb 24 February 1999 vol 326 cc301-2W
Mr. Menzies Campbell

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list the programmes earmarked under the Ministry of Defence alternative assumptions budget; and what is the estimated cost of each programme; [72196]

(2) if he will list the programmes earmarked in the Ministry of Defence alternative assumptions budget in the years (a) 1997–1998 and (b) 1998–1999 indicating how many of these programmes have been actioned. [72195]

Year RN Army RAF
1994 Expogast Luxembourg Hotelympia
Gold Medal—Hot Buffet 2 Gold Medals
Silver Medal 8 Silver Medals
Gold Medal in Wedding Cake 9 Bronze Medals
National Chef of the Year
La Parade de Chefs—Gold Medal and overall winners
18 Senior and Junior open awards
1995 Hotelympia Heart of England—Birmingham
11 Gold Medals 5 Gold Medals
8 Silver Medals 5 Silver Medals
24 Bronze Medals 5 Bronze Medals
3 Best in Class Trophies

Mr. George Robertson

The Ministry of Defence does not have an alternative assumptions budget. Alternative assumptions are part of the department's Long Term Costing (LTC) process and provide the mechanism by which possible changes to the core Defence programme can be costed and assessed.

The LTC represents projections which inform internal advice to Ministers on the affordability of the defence programme. It has been the policy of successive Administrations that such advice should not be disclosed, consistent with Exemption 2 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

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