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Surplus Military Equipment

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what safeguards are in place to prevent the acquisition of dangerous surplus military equipment by private individuals. (142924)

The MOD takes the disposal of military equipment very seriously. Other than major capital platforms sold on a Government-to-Government basis, the MOD does not sell any item that has a potential dangerous or offensive use, and all such items are destroyed or recycled. Other equipment sold into the commercial marketplace is demilitarised and declassified before sale, as appropriate.