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Firearms: Theft

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many firearms were stolen from the armed forces in each of the last 10 years; what the value was of the firearms stolen; and what measures were taken to recover them. (111761)

The totals of firearms recorded as stolen from the armed forces in each of the last 10 years are given in the following table. The data covers firearms stolen on a global basis, including operational theatres overseas, and private firearms lodged in MOD armouries. The total value of the stolen firearms could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The theft of any firearm is taken very seriously and is fully investigated by the police. The police undertaking the investigation may, depending on the circumstances of the theft, be the Service police, Ministry of Defence police or a Home Department police force, often working jointly. While there has been a total of 169 firearms stolen over the period 1997-2006, 39 of these have been recovered.

Number of firearms stolen

1997

8

1998

15

1999

14

2000

52

2001

8

2002

22

2003

4

2004

28

2005

25

2006

13

Total

169