§ Mr. Trotter
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the current annual cost of a Regular Army soldier and of a Territorial Army soldier.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
The estimated annual cost at 1987–88 prices of a regular soldier is £14,100, and of a Territorial Army soldier £2,500. These figures cover pay and allowances, personal equipment and other support costs and in the case of the Regular Army soldier, elements for training and non-effective benefits. Training cost figures for Territorial Army soldiers are not separately identifiable without disproportionate cost and effort.