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Defence Equipment

Volume 405: debated on Monday 12 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what conclusions he has drawn from the Gulf conflict in respect of equipment supply. [112232]

The deployment of 45,000 personnel and their equipment over such a long distance and in such a short time represents a remarkable achievement and one of which all those in the logistic chain can be proud.As with all exercises and operations, we are in the process of identifying lessons from operations in Iraq. This work will be published in due course, subject to the usual constraints on force protection and security. It would therefore be inappropriate for me to draw any conclusions at this stage in the process.