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Military Fighting Vehicles

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Mastiff vehicle will be (a) delivered to the UK and (b) shipped to theatre. (157077)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 9 October 2007, Official Report, column 202, during the Defence Procurement debate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many of the ordered 140 Mastiff vehicles announced during the Prime Minister’s statement on Iraq of 8 October 2007, Official Report, columns 21-38, will be sent to (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; and by what date in each case; (157138)

(2) from which budget funding will be provided for the 140 additional Mastiff vehicles announced by the Prime Minister in his statement on Iraq update of 8 October 2007, Official Report, columns 21-38.

As I said during the procurement debate in the House on 9 October, the Defence budget will be funding the procurement of additional Mastiff vehicles. Although delivery schedules have not yet been confirmed, we anticipate that they will be deployed on operations within the next 18 months. The allocation of these vehicles to Iraq, Afghanistan and the UK based training fleet will be a matter for commanders.