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Shells (Uranium)

Volume 226: debated on Wednesday 16 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at which sites his Department has tested armour-piercing shells tipped with depleted uranium.

Since the programme was first authorised and announced to the House, Official Report, 8 March 1979, cols. 777–78 and 25 January 1980, col 395, all United Kingdom depleted uranium firings, with the exception of a few small calibre rounds trialled at West Freugh in the late 1980s, have taken place at the Eskmeals and Kirkcudbright ranges. My Department has also test-fired DU armour-piercing shells at White Sands, New Mexico and Aberdeen proving ground, Maryland in the United States of America and at Gramat in France.