March 23, 2011 / 7:40 AM / 9 years ago

Osborne says Libya ops to cost tens of millions of pounds

British Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon aircraft taxi at Gioia Dell Colle Air Base, in Italy March 22, 2011. The cost of Britain's involvement in military operations in Libya is likely to be measured in tens of millions of pounds rather than hundreds of millions, finance minister George Osborne said on Tuesday. REUTERS/SAC Neil Chapman/MoD/Crown Copyright/Handout

LONDON (Reuters) - The cost of Britain’s involvement in military operations in Libya is likely to be measured in tens of millions of pounds rather than hundreds of millions, Chancellor George Osborne said on Tuesday.

Osborne said the cost would be less than recent conflicts and would be fully met from contingency reserves rather than the defence ministry’s main budget.

“It is too early to give a robust estimate of the costs of the operations in Libya,” Osborne told parliament.

“What I can say is that the costs should be modest compared to some other operations like Afghanistan, and the Ministry of Defence’s initial view is that this will be in the order of the tens of millions not the hundreds of millions of pounds.”

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