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Ammunition

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much ammunition was allocated on all courses involved in the training of artillery personnel and forward observation officers to call in fire in each year since 2001; what the cost of this ammunition was; and if he will make a statement. (128190)

[holding answer 19 March 2007]: The quantity and cost of the 105 mm and 155 mm artillery ammunition allocated and fired at the Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill, and the number of personnel trained, in Support of Phase 3 training is as follows:

Year1

Quantity

Cost (£ million)

2001-02

35,887

23.2

2002-03

22,266

15.2

2003-04

20,541

16.5

2004-05

19,268

16.5

2005-06

19,169

16.1

2006-072

19,979

14.0

1 The year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

2 The 2006-07 figures include approximately 1,000 rounds remaining this financial year which will be fired before 1 April 2007 and 6,000 marker rounds which were at the end of their shelf life. These marker rounds were fired in lieu of being destroyed and as a result, £3.1 million was saved from the initial budget allocation of £17.1 million.