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Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what animal fur, broken down by species and value, has been purchased by his Department in each of the last 10 years; and what use was made of the fur. [111124]

The Ministry of Defence has not purchased any animal fur for use as a raw material in the last 10 years. The MOD does, however, purchase various clothing items which incorporate animal fur as part of their specification. A wide range of clothing products, such as socks and pullovers, incorporate animal fur or wool to an agreed quality standard. There are, however, a limited number of items for which a specific type of fur or wool is included within the specification. These are as follows:

Product/SpeciesNumber of products (per annum)
Scandinavian Blue Fox2 (maximum)
Coney (Rabbit)42
Sheep (Astrakhan)1 (maximum)
Black Bear60
Black/Black Faced Brown Bear1
Sheep (Astrakhan)(5 in 20 years)
Saddle Cover
Black Bear5
It is not possible to readily identify the value of these animal products as the cost incurred by the MOD is for the finished and complete item, not just the animal component.