§ Mr. Keetch
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of defence attaches in each financial year since 2001–02. 
§ Mr. Ingram
The overall cost of Defence Attaches in each financial year since 2001–02 are not held centrally. Costs readily available are as follows:
Financial Year Costs identified (£ million) 2001–02 37.2 2002–03 37.1 2003–04 38.1
Under the terms of the MOD/FCO Service Level Agreement, costs are shared with the FCO which pays 30 per cent. of the total in respect of accommodation, fixed communications, security and some other support costs. The figures above are the 70 per cent. total costs of Defence Attaches attributable to the Defence Budget. These figures include:Salary.Cost of Allowances, Travel and Subsistence.Direct Representational Expenses.Utilities, vehicles, office machinery, IT, children's school fees.Medical/Dental costPersonal Security enhancements.Associated Support costs.