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Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the Hercules fleet have had explosion suppressant foam installed; and if he will make a statement. (97422)

The programme to fit explosive suppressant foam to Hercules aircraft continues as planned and two aircraft have been fitted so far.

We take the protection of our armed forces very seriously. We have already spent over £0.5 billion on a range of force protection measures to support operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. We continue to do all that we can to ensure troops get the equipment they require.