§ Mr. Grylls
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if there is anything further he can announce about the effect of Operation Granby on the defence cash and running cost limits for this financial year.
§ Mr. Tom King
Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary revised supplementary estimates, the following changes will be made:
(1) Defence Cash Limits
£000s Class and vote Current cash limit Increase Revised cash limit I, 1 9,008,295 100,000 9,108,295 I, 2 8,744,597 200,000 8,944,597
These changes, which increase the block defence cash limit by £300,000,000 from £21,585,449,000 to £21,885,449,000 are for costs arising from the deployments of British forces to the Gulf area.
(2) Running Cost Limit
Within this the running costs limit for the Department will be increased by £90,000,000 from £5,272,678,000 to £5,362,678,000.
The increases were not allowed for within the forecast outturn planning total included in the Chancellor's autumn statement.