Select Committee on Defence Ninth Report


This report presents the evidence we have obtained from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) as part of our scrutiny of the Main Supply Estimates 2006-07.

We have identified no issues which require to be brought to the especial attention of the House prior to the debate on the Main Estimates in July, but believe that the information contained should be available to other Members of the House and to the public.

We note that the MoD's Main Estimate does not contain provision for the cost of peace-keeping operations in Iraq, Afghanistan or in the Balkans, and therefore greatly underestimates the total expected cost of the MoD's conflict prevention activities. We call on the Government to reconsider whether provision for peace-keeping operations might be included in the Main Estimates in future.

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