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Weapons

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recorded missing (a) weapons and (b) weapons parts reports were made to the Royal Military Police between May 2002 and May 2007. (149128)

The number of weapons and weapon parts lost, missing or stolen from the armed forces between 2002 and 2007 is shown in the table for each whole calendar year. This provides details of all cases reported to the Royal Military Police’s Service Police Crime Bureau and includes losses which have been investigated by the Ministry of Defence Police, Home Department Police Forces and other branches of the Service Police. The data cover a range of reported incidents, including weapons which have been lost or stolen in operational theatres and the loss of private firearms lodged in MOD armouries. The data are held by calendar year. To break them down in any other way could be done only at disproportionate cost.

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

20071

Air Rifle or Pistol

0

2

0

0

0

0

Automatic Weapon

0

2

0

1

0

0

Heavy Arms

0

0

0

0

1

0

Pistol

2

5

10

5

8

3

Rifle

2

17

15

9

14

4

Shotgun

0

0

0

0

0

2

Explosives and Pyrotechnics

2

4

3

6

2

1

Weapon component or attachment

0

6

0

1

6

2

Other

0

1

4

13

1

1

1 As of 1 July