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White Phosphorus

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2009, Official Report, column 1160W, what information his Department holds on munitions containing white phosphorus manufactured in the UK. (288805)

[holding answer 21 July 2009]: The 120 mm white phosphorous shell is the only white phosphorous munition in the UK armed forces inventory manufactured in the UK. The inventory also includes the 60 mm and 81 mm white phosphorous mortar bombs, which are manufactured outside the UK.

The Department holds a range of information on the 120 mm white phosphorous shell, as it does on all its munitions. This includes, but is not limited to, information on contracts, Through Life Management, safety, legality/International Humanitarian Law, composition, performance, storage, handling, transportation, training, in-service surveillance, stockpile, and usage.