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Defence: Procurement

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision has been made to replace assets lost as a result of (a) damage and destruction during operations and (b) reduced service life due to increased use. (121877)

We do not make financial provision in anticipation of damage to or destruction of equipment during operations. Where possible, damaged equipment is restored, drawing on funding from the Treasury Reserve as appropriate. Equipment which has been destroyed may also be replaced through a call on the Reserve, though in some cases we may choose to restore the capability rather than seek a like-for-like replacement.

We continue to monitor whether the current high operational tempo is likely to result in a reduced service life for some equipment, and will take appropriate resource allocation decisions if this proves to be the case.