HC Deb 19 January 2000 vol 342 c487W
Dr. Brand

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the cost of the British contribution to the intervention in Kosovo to the end of 1999; and what are the projected costs for 2000. [105503]

Mr. Hoon

As at the end of October, the Ministry of Defence had incurred net additional expenditure of £125 million on Kosovo operations this financial year. The figure is expected to rise to just below £400 million by the end of 1999–2000.

Mr. Key

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the costs of the Kosovo deployment for the current financial year. [105618]

Mr. Hoon

[holding answer 18 January 2000]: The net additional expenditure incurred this financial year on Kosovo operations is expected to be just below £400 million. I have agreed with my Treasury colleagues that these costs will be covered by the Reserve and I am currently discussing the details in the context of my Department's Spring Supplementary Estimates.