Army: Expenditure:Written question - 8992


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Asked on: 28 January 2020
Ministry of Defence
Army: Expenditure
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department underspent on (a) salaries, (b) accommodation and (c) equipment in 2019 through not achieving its target of a British Army standing strength of 82,000.
Answered by: Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Answered on: 03 February 2020

The Defence Secretary has made recruitment and retention in the British Army the Chief of the General Staff's overriding objective.

The Department's financial planning process allows for regular re-prioritisation of funds. Accommodation and equipment costs are relatively fixed in the short term and are unlikely to vary with fluctuations in strength.

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