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Personal Protective Equipment

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are being taken to improve the standard of personal protective equipment issued to service personnel. (252614)

[holding answer 2 February 2009]: The need to improve personal protection in response to developing threats is continually assessed. Further improvements to body armour and helmets are being developed and are planned to be introduced later this year. In the longer term, the Personal Equipment and Common Operational Clothing (PECOC) programme, which is currently in its assessment phase, will deliver further upgrades to items of personal protective equipment.