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Piracy: Navy

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for New Forest, East of 22 June 2009, Official Report, column 626W, on piracy, how many weapons of each type the Royal Navy has seized from suspected pirates in the last 12 months. (282668)

The Royal Navy has seized a total of 41 weapons during the boarding of pirate vessels in the past 12 months. These weapons consisted of 31 assault rifles, six rocket propelled grenades and four pistols.