Further Memorandum submitted by the Ministry
of Defence (5 December 2001)
Thank you for your letter of 30 November.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in
his Pre-Budget Report that an additional £100 million had
been made available to the Ministry of Defence for new equipment
and immediate operational requirements (Hansard, 27 November
2001, Col 834).
As the Defence Secretary explained in his evidence
to the Committee on 28 November, this sum relates to immediate
equipment and other urgent operational requirements for current
military operations in and around Afghanistan. The funding of
any possible future equipment requirements emerging from the "New
Chapter" work on the broader implications for defence of
the 11 September attacks will be addressed in the normal way.
On your specific questions, the £100 million
refers to the current financial year, 2001-02, and will be presented
in the Spring Supplementary Estimates 2001-02.