§ Mr. Quentin Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Royal Navy's budgeted fuel allocation for 2000–01 is; and what the figure was for each of the previous five years. 57W
§ Mr. Spellar
The Commander-in-Chief Fleet's total fuel allocation for 2000–01, including fuel for ships, submarines, aircraft, the Royal Marines and domestic purposes, is £57 million.
The actual spend for the previous five years, again giving a total of all fuel used, was as follows:
Financial Year £ million 1995–96 48.5 1996–97 44.5 1997–98 40 1998–99 31.5 1999–2000 43
Year on year variations are largely attributable to fluctuating fuel prices. In 1998–99 prices dropped very steeply, followed by sharp rises since then.