10 Mar 2006



Mr. MacDougall: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the cost to public funds of the Iraq war. [57734]

Mr. Des Browne: The net additional costs of operations in Iraq to 31 March 2005, as recorded in the Ministry of Defence's Annual Reports and Accounts, total 3,068 million as follows:
Financial year Amount
200203 847
200304 1,311
200405 910

Estimated annual costs for operations in Iraq of 1,098 million in 200506 were included in the MoD's Spring Supplementary Estimate. Final figures will be published by the MoD in their Annual Report and Accounts for 200506 following audit by the NAO.
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