§ 38. Mr. Greg Knight
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the total cost to his Department, over the past three years, of increased security measures, including 445W manpower, necessary at Ministry of Defence property as a result of the activities of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and other protestors.
§ Mr. Stanley
Almost all security measures are adopted for more than one specific purpose. It is not generally possible therefore to isolate the measures taken solely for these reasons. The main package of security expenditure necessitated principally by protestors in this period was the operation to clear and fence RAF Molesworth in February 1985. The total cost of this operation was in the order of £6.5 million, although approximately half this sum was devoted to the erection of a perimeter fence which would have been required regardless of the threat from demonstrators.