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Military Aid: Defence Equipment

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment his Department has authorised the armed forces to gift to other nations in each of the last five years. (273584)

Gifts valued above the MOD’s delegated gifting authority (above £100,000 in 2004-05 and above £250,000 from August 2006 onwards) have been approved by Parliament through a departmental minute are set out as follows.

We also publish some details of such gifts in the note on losses and special payments in our Annual Report and Accounts, copies of which have been placed in the Library of the House and which are available on line in the MOD’s Freedom of Information Publication Scheme at:

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/CorporatePublications/AnnualReports/

A fully comprehensive list of gifts could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Surplus assets are normally disposed of through sale to secure the best value for the taxpayer. Where surplus assets are disposed of as gifts, this must produce a positive benefit for the MOD or UK security interests.

2008-09

There have been no parliamentary approved gifts in this year.

2007-08

49 critical Jaguar spares and a Challenger 2 tank Loader Drill Trainer to the Government of Oman. (Notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 24 April 2007).

15 Up-armoured light protected vehicles (High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) and a support package to the Government of Afghanistan. (Notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 10 July 2007).

25 field ambulances to the Government of Afghanistan. (Notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 4 March 2008).

2006-07

Infrastructure construction projects and equipment to the Government of Iraq (notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 18 April 2006), comprising:

Iraq Police Service (IPS) Emergency Battalion HQ and Barracks, Al Muthanna.

Department for Border Enforcement (DBE) Commando Emergency Battalion Barracks, Basrah.

Collocated Department for Border Enforcement/Facilities Protection Services HQ precinct.

90 Dskha 12.7 mm heavy machine guns (10 for Iraqi Army Rapid Reaction Company and 80 for DBE) with ancillaries.

6,300 9 mm pistols for IPS, with ancillaries.

85 PKC medium machine guns (50 for IPS and 35 for DBE) with ancillaries.

12 Dragunov sniper rifles, with ancillaries.

20,500 helmets (13,000 for IPS and 7,500 for DBE).

14,500 pairs of boots (for IPS).

Up to 50 type 110 Land Rovers and a support package for the Government of Lebanon. (Notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 9 October 2006).

Non-lethal military equipment to the Government of Nepal (notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 12 February 2007), comprising:

Two Revolution wheelbarrows.

One Cyclops wheelbarrow spares package.

Seven explosive ordinance disposal disrupters and 35 boxes of cartridges.

One Mk7B spares package.

One Mk7B Training package.

10 bomb suits and helmets.

80 de-mining vests and helmets.

10 metal detectors.

20 Cable detectors.

10 firing cables.

10 firing devices.

One service support package.

One training visit.

Five sets of IT equipment.

Shipping costs.

£500,000 cash gift to the Government of Afghanistan to allow them to equip an Afghan Territorial Force in Helmand province. (Notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 30 October 2006).

Non-lethal equipment to the Palestinian Presidential Guard (notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 8 February 2007), comprising:

Helmets.

Portable accommodation.

Field lighting.

Communications equipment.

Body armour.

Vehicles.

Infrastructure assets at Camp Smitty in Al Muthanna, and at Camp Driftwood in Basrah Province to the Government of Iraq (notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 21 June 2006), comprising:

Accommodation.

Ablutions.

Dining facilities.

Various force protection defences (watchtowers etc.).

Infrastructure assets at Camp Abu Naji in Maysan Province to the Government of Iraq (notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 28 June 2006), comprising:

Accommodation.

Ablutions.

Dining facilities.

Various force protection defences (watchtowers etc.).

2005-06

Military equipment and infrastructure to the Government of Iraq (notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 11 January 2006), comprising:

Tactical Support Unit (TSU) construction, Maysan.

Police Station construction, Al Amarah, Maysan.

Department of Border Enforcement (DBE) Provincial HQ construction, Maysan.

DBE Provincial HQ construction, Al Muthanna.

Iraqi Police Service (IPS) Academy extension construction, Al Muthanna.

TSU expansion construction, Basrah.

Rapid Reaction Company Barracks construction, Basrah.

Refurbishment of five police stations, Basrah.

Warren site utilities and building refurbishment, Basrah.

‘Ring of Steel’ permanent vehicle check points, Basrah.

Refurbishment of five police stations, Al Muthanna.

415 IPS patrol cars.

319 IPS 4x4 patrol cars.

734 Motorola GM160 VHP radios with microphone and antenna (including delivery to Shaibah Logistics Base).

Military equipment and infrastructure to the Government of Iraq (notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 12 October 2005), comprising:

Barracks for 10th Division Iraqi Army HQ near Az Zubayr.

Barracks for 3/1/10 Battalion (on the same sight).

Iraqi Army Central Issues Facility (storehouse) at Shaibah.

211 pick-up vehicles.

12 water trucks.

9 Flat-bed trucks.

211 high-frequency radios.

16 high frequency base station fixed installation kits.

Networked data/voice capability (Local Area Network).

475,182 Operational Ration Packs to the Government of the United States of America following Hurricane Katrina. (Notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 6 February 2006).

Non-lethal military equipment to the Government of Nepal (notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 25 May 2005—replaced withdrawn proposal originally notified on 20 January 2005), comprising:

Two Revolution wheelbarrows.

Two Cyclops wheelbarrows.

12 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) disrupters and 200 boxes of cartridges.

4 Recoilless EOD disrupters and 100 boxes of cartridges.

10 mini electronic exploders.

Five metal detectors.

Four EBEX wire detectors.

One spectrum analyser.

One set of IT equipment.

10 sets of digital photography equipment.

Two EOD vans.

2004-05

Military equipment to the Government of Iraq (notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 10 November 2004), comprising:

3,200 AK47 assault rifles.

2 million rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition.

4,200 sets of body armour.

2,500 helmets.

1,000 sets of public order equipment including riot shields, helmets with visors, leather gloves, shin and knee protectors, flame retardant overalls and batons.

Military equipment and infrastructure to the Government of Iraq (notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 2 December 2004), comprising:

3,300 AK 47s.

3,300,000 rounds of 7.62 ammunition.

20,858 sets of body armour.

7,444 Kevlar helmets.

1,000 sets of public order equipment, including helmets, batons, shields, knee and elbow guards etc.

308 HF Radios.

992 Binoculars.

69 GPS.

42 GPS with radio.

12 sets of urban operations equipment.

Iraq National Guard divisional maintenance facility for armoured personnel carriers.

4 ranges.

4 provincial logistic support centres for the Iraqi Police Service (IPS).

3 provincial HQs for the Department of Border Enforcement.

Buildings for specialist IPS facilities, such as a forensic lab and a ballistics lab.

Medical stores.

Refurbishment of 24 boats.

Military equipment and infrastructure to the Government of Iraq (notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 15 December 2004), comprising:

450,000 rounds of AK47 blank ammunition for training purposes.

500,000 of PKM (light machine gun) blank ammunition for training purposes.

438 under slung grenade launchers (UGL) for AK 47s.

18,400 UGL rounds.

36,800 UGL training rounds.

5666 9mm pistols.

3000 personal radio handsets.

50 operations room radios.

200 vehicle radios.

Non-lethal military equipment to the Government of Sierra Leone, comprising a communications system and three batches of Troop Carrying Vehicles (Bedford 4 tonne equivalents). (Notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 23 June 2004).

622.385 tonnes of 120mm Challenger 1 tank ammunition to the Government of Jordan. (Notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 12 October 2004).

Non-lethal military equipment to the Palestinian Authority, comprising Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) protective clothing, EOD detection and disruption equipment, IT equipment and four 4x4 vehicles equipped for EOD. (Notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 20 December 2004).

Non-lethal military equipment to the Government of Nepal (notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 6 May 2004), comprising:

Two Short Take off and Landing BN2T Islander aircraft.

425 ICOM UHF radios and accessories.

10 base stations and 50 repeater stations.

Wheelbarrow MK8 Plus II explosive ordinance disposal unit.

Wheelbarrow Mk7 spares.

Bomb disposal equipment including 6 disposal suits, 1000 cartridges L2A1, 1000 midi cartridges, 6 electronic exploders and 4 x-ray machines.

Ordnance search equipment including, cable avoidance tools, metal detectors, portable searchlights, infra red filters, search soda breads, endoscope search kits, rechargeable heavy duty combi drills and ultrasonic thickness gauges.

Military equipment to the Government of Iraq (notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute of 25 January 2005), comprising:

79 refurbished armoured Penman Hotspur Land Rovers.

2 luggage x-ray machines, 3 archway metal detectors, 27 hand-held metal detectors and 15 under vehicle search mirrors.

774 medium machine guns (PKMs), 5 million rounds of ammunition for PKMs and 1150 light machine guns (RPKs).