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Armed Forces: Weapons

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) AS90s and (b) L118s are (i) in service, (ii) fit for purpose and (iii) out of service. (226834)

The figures requested are as follows.

Percentage of total holdings in service

Percentage of in service holding fit for purpose

Percentage of total holdings out of service

AS90

100

97

0

L118

100

100

0

There are 20 L118 (light gun) guns in service that are used for saluting and ceremonial roles. These are not capable of firing live rounds but for the purposes of answering this question they are counted as fit for purpose.

In answering this question the following definitions have been used:

In service: Total numbers excluding those which are out of service or awaiting receipt inspections and registration.

Out of service: Equipments past their out of service date and/or awaiting disposal.

Fit for purpose: Equipments which are capable of being used in whatever capacity they are currently required for.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) light machine guns, (b) general purpose machine guns and (c) heavy machine guns are (i) in service, (ii) fit for purpose and (iii) out of service. (226835)

The figures requested are as follows.

Percentage of total holdings in service

Percentage of in service holdings fit for purpose

Percentage of total holdings out of service

Light machine gun

100

96

0

General purpose machine gun

100

85

0

Heavy machine gun

100

94

0

In answering the question the following definitions have been used.

In service: Total numbers held excluding out of service numbers.

Out of service: Equipments past their out of service date and/or awaiting disposal.

Fit for purpose: Equipments which are capable of being used in whatever capacity they are currently required for.