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Uranium-Tipped Ammunition

Volume 403: debated on Monday 10 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance has been given to British troops regarding the (a) handling and (b) use of uranium-tipped rounds. [101159]

I refer the hon. Member to the answer my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State gave on 10 February 2003, Official Report, column 508W to my hon. Friend the Member for Norwich, North (Dr. Gibson).

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether British forces destined for the Gulf have been equipped with uranium-tipped rounds. [101160]

In the event of a complaint, there are the Service Redress of Complaints procedures. These procedures are enshrined in the Services Discipline Acts. They apply equally to welfare as to any other issue and provide the statutory right for all personnel to state a complaint and have it reviewed at successively higher levels in the Service. The principle is to deal with a complaint in an effective, fair and timely manner at the lowest appropriate level but with provision for escalation if it cannot be resolved there.