To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much of the projected cost of the new UK naval base in Bahrain will be funded by his Department; and from which section of his Department's budget these funds will come.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
12 January 2015
The costs of naval and logistics facilities in Bahrain to support operations in the Gulf region will depend on the outcome of continuing negotiations with the government of Bahrain over how best to enhance and improve the existing facilities, and on the extent of the operations we undertake. The running costs are likely to be comparable to current expenditure, although in any event we expect the enhanced facilities to provide a more cost-effective use of Defence resources. Costs funded from the Defence budget will be borne by the appropriate Top Level Budgets.