§ Baroness Thornton
asked Her Majesty's Government:
How much money has been made available to the Ministry of Defence for urgent operational requirements for the campaign against international terrorism. [HL2901]
§ Lord Grocott
We are pleased to announce that the Treasury has agreed to make available from the reserve a further £55 million for urgent operational requirements for the campaign against international terrorism. This is in addition to the £100 million that the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced on 27 November 2001 in his Pre-Budget Report.
The urgent operational requirements that this funding allows us to meet include: equipment: to improve our ability to work with the US and other allies, such as additional secure communications equipment; enhancements to our intelligence capabilities; and a range of small but significant enhancements to our forces for operations in the campaign against international terrorism.