London — Just how much is Britain spending to support the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands? Answer: at least $:2.085 billion ($3.336 billion) over the next three years.
That is almost $7 million per family.
Officials here give this breakdown:
* $:700 million to be spent in 1983 to cover costs incurred up to September 1982.
* $:900 million more spread over the next three years.
* $:424 million in 1983 for costs of keeping and supplying British soldiers on the islands.
* $:31 million on developing the islands.
* $:30 million or more for a new airport.
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who returned to London after a five-day tour of the Falklands, considers the money well spent to preserve the freedom and sovereignty of the islanders.