HANSARD, 17th May 2004: "To ask the Secretary of State " - 1. Dr. Vincent Cable (Twickenham) (LD): What estimate he has made of the expected cost to the Government of maintaining a military presence in Iraq in financial year (a) 200405 and (b) 200506.  The Secretary of State for Defence (Mr. Geoffrey Hoon): <snip> Of the £3.8 billion the Chancellor has set aside for operations in Iraq, £850 million was spent in 200203 and a further £1.5 billion was drawn down in supplementary estimates in 200304. Precise future costs are difficult to forecast. So, since 1 April 03 to date, the cost of being in Iraq has been , er, let's see now, £15000M divide by ..um..carry one, er....443 that's , er, £34M A DAY........ Hmmm, no wonder this year's MoD spending round has caused the bean-counters a tad of difficulty ..... Le Chevre Disclaimer - Goatman counting: " ONE - TWO - LOTS - MANY " - if the maths is inaccurate blame Mrs Bradley !