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Armed Forces

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department’s policy is on the (a) purchase and (b) use on operations of personal kit by members of the armed forces. (265148)

Armed forces policy states that service personnel are not encouraged, at any time, to buy any items of personal protection. No service person is authorised or would be allowed, to deploy to any theatre with any item of protection which has not been issued by MOD.

MOD seeks to provide all necessary items of equipment, but while there is no need to do so, we are aware that some personnel personalise, and occasionally supplement some of their issued kit. This is purely due to personal preference, and supporting guidance to ensure the safety and welfare of all personnel is issued by the chain of command in each theatre.