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Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the supply of ammunition to combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. (92513)

Sufficient stocks of ammunition are available in Iraq and Afghanistan to support all current and contingency operations. The Defence Logistics Organisation continues to ensure that sufficient ammunition supplies are delivered on time to our forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In Afghanistan during a specific attack our operation units in remote locations have occasionally exhausted supplies of a particular ammunition type. In such instances, the ground forces are re-supplied by helicopters. At no time, however, have troops on the ground run out of all ammunition types available to them.