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Royal Marines

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the flame-retardant properties of Royal Marines' uniforms. [112260]

The standard issue uniform for the Royal Marines is the tri-service Combat Soldier 95 (CS95) or, if deployed in desert climates, its desert pattern equivalent. Neither has flame-retardant properties as Operational Analysis shows that the soldier on the battlefield faces a minimal risk from burn injuries.