Â£400 is not a lot and sums up Labours commitment to the Armed Forces. That much wouldn't even pay for half a face lift for the Poodle of Darkness. Might buy him a new ginger tweed jacket in which he can appear in a few more Buff-Hoon inspired apologies for the dreadful troops under his command.
It's the same #3.7 billion promised last July. Double-counting, a Neue Arbeit speciality. Take away the cost overrun on procurement projects(Astute, Typhoon, Brimstone, Nimrod MRA4 etc), Broon's refusal to pay for #500m-worth of costs in Iraq, and there's not a lot of change. In fact, we'd better have a whip-round.
By the terms of the wonderful contract here at MOD Central (A PFI to gladden the heart of Gordon Brown, off balance-sheet, etc) we get 3 x hot drinks per day for 20p each. Contractors (AMEY services) normally charge around 80p. Therefore someone has to pay the extra 60p difference. As ther Septics say, do the Math. 4,000 x 60p x 200 days a year = Â£480,000 per year, or around Â£1300 a day. It's in the contract, AMEY get this (in fact, a great deal more, as I am being VERY conservative with numbers here).