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Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2008, Official Report, column 791W, on armoured fighting vehicles, how many individual shipments were required to transport the first tranche of Mastiff armoured vehicles into the theatre of operations; and what the (a) lowest, (b) highest, (c) mean and (d) mode number was of individual shipments of Mastiff armoured vehicles to (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan during the delivery period of the first tranche. (201233)

The chosen method for the deployment of all tranche 1 Mastiff vehicles was by commercial air.

The number of individual consignments to Iraq was 21 and to Afghanistan was 18.

I am withholding the details of individual shipments since disclosure could reveal the strength and capability of UK forces operating in theatre, and could prejudice operational security.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2008, Official Report, column 791W, on armoured fighting vehicles, how many individual shipments were required to transport all Bulldog armoured vehicles into the theatre of operations; and what the (a) lowest, (b) highest, (c) mean and (d) mode number was of individual shipments of Bulldog armoured vehicles to (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan during the delivery period. (201234)

Bulldog armoured vehicles have not been deployed to Afghanistan.

The number of individual shipments required to transport all Bulldog armoured vehicles to Iraq was three.

I am withholding the details of individual shipments since disclosure could reveal the strength and capability of UK forces operating in theatre, and could prejudice operational security.