Emily Thornberry – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Ministry of Defence

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Emily Thornberry on 2016-02-08.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the amount set aside for contingency funding was within the overall equipment budget of his Department in each of the last six years.

Mr Philip Dunne

Centrally held contingency funding for the Defence Equipment Plan (EP) was introduced for the first time in 2012, at which point it totalled £4.8 billion over the 10 year planning period. The level of contingency has remained broadly stable over the subseqent four years, as shown in the table below.

EP Contingency by Financial Year





10 Year Total

£4.8 billion

£4.7 billion

£4.6 billion

£4.3 billion