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Protective Clothing

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 24 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many front-line personnel have been issued with flame retardant camouflage clothing. (107188)

None. The standard issue tri-service uniform, Combat Soldier 95 (CS95), and its desert equivalent have not been designed with flame retardant properties as operational analysis has shown that the soldier on the battlefield faces a minimal risk from burn injuries.

Specialist fire retardant clothing is issued to personnel in specific roles where there is a known fire risk (e.g. armoured vehicle crews).