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Deepcut Barracks

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what categories of items have been reported (a) stolen and (b) lost at Deepcut Army barracks in each of the past 10 years; and how many rounds of (i) ammunition and (ii) weapon parts were missing in each year. [112633]

In accordance with Service accounting procedures, records of items stolen or lost have been retained for the past five years only. The categories of military stores involved in incidents of theft or loss at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut during this period are as follows.

YearCategory
Stolen1998Miscellaneous Stores
2002Equipment, Miscellaneous Stores
2003Miscellaneous Stores
Lost1998Accommodation Stores, Equipment, Miscellaneous Stores
1999Accommodation Stores, Equipment, Rations, Miscellaneous Stores, Clothing
2000Accommodation Stores, Equipment, Miscellaneous Stores, Clothing
2001Accommodation Stores, Equipment, Miscellaneous Stores
2002Accommodation Stores, Equipment, Rations, Miscellaneous Stores, Clothing
Over the past five years, two small weapons parts have been found to be missing. There have been no recorded incidents of lost or missing ammunition rounds since 29 September 2002. Records prior to this period are currently in the possession of Surrey police and are unavailable for examination.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many claims have been made against insurance for personally issued kit at Deepcut Army barracks in each of the past 10 years. [112634]

The Ministry of Defence does not insure itself against the loss or theft or personally issued military kit. Any private claim would be a matter between an individual and his or her insurer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many fires have been recorded at Deepcut Army barracks in the past 10 years; and in how many cases civilian firefighters have been called to assist. [112635]

Records are only available from June 1997. Since that time there have been eight separate fire incidents within the perimeter of the Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut. On each occasion the local civilian fire service was called to assist.