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£60m a year to defend Falklands – plus hidden costs

HRH Prince William has been serving in the Falklands (picture: Ministry of Defence)

The price of defending the Falkland Islands is predicted to be at least £189 million over the next three years – with other undisclosed costs on top of that, according to defence minister Nick Harvey.

But he told the House of Commons: “It should be noted there is no credible threat against the islands.”

The annual figures are lower than in recent years, but that is because responsibility for accommodation, electricity, fuel oil and other estates management duties have been taken over by a support body and no longer show up in the top-level budget.

Click here for a breakdown of annual costs since 1985.

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