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Cluster Munitions

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress the Government have made in phasing out their stockpiles of dumb cluster munitions; and if he will make a statement. (117158)

Next month we expect to place a contract to enable disposal of 50 per cent. of the Multiple Launch Rocket System M26 stockpile over the next three years. It is envisaged that this munition will be removed completely by 2013 as new capabilities are introduced. A contract for the disposal of a significant quantity of the remaining BL755 and RBL755 cluster bombs was placed on 22 January 2007. Similarly, it is envisaged that these munitions will be completely phased out by the end of 2010, as the new capabilities are introduced.