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Cluster Munitions

Volume 405: debated on Friday 16 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the UK armed forces' use of cluster bombs in military operations. [113737]

Cluster bombs are a legitimate weapon that provide a capability against certain targets, in particular targets that cover an area, which cannot be

£000
ProvisionOutturn
1997–981
Vote 1 Operational and Support Costs10,145,38710,068,343
Vote 2 Logistic Services4,806,6384,697,410
Vote 3 Systems Procurement and Research6,353,5986,150,142
Vote 4 Armed Forces retired pay, pensions etc1,121,7761,126,210
1998–991
Vote 1 Operational and Support Costs10,885,79210,922,188
Vote 2 Logistic Services5,027,2115,027,921
Vote 3 Systems Procurement and Research6,856,9266,526,112
Vote 4 Armed Forces retired pay, pensions etc1,191,4541,169,138
1999–20001
Vote 1 Operational and Support Costs, Logistic Services and Systems Procurement and Research22,866,88822,549,260
Vote 2 Armed Forces retired pay, pensions etc.1,270,0911,262,289
2000–011
Vote 1 Operational and Support Costs, Logistic Services and Systems Procurement and Research23,609,63123,537,721
Vote 2 Armed Forces retired pay, pensions etc.1,342,1951,267,002
Source:
Appropriation Accounts
2 I will write separately with the information for 2001–02 giving a full explanation of the components of the provision and outturn figures introduced with Resource Accounting and Budgeting and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.