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Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements he has made to destroy the stockpiles of cluster munition shells 155mm HE M483 in the second half of 2007, as stated in March 2006. (125874)

The disposal of the 155mm HE M483 began in late 2004 and is continuing. A contract was let under the NATO Maintenance Supply Agency in conjunction with the Dutch Ministry of Defence and awarded to an Italian company, Esplodenti Sabino. Under current plans, the final disposal will be completed in autumn 2007.