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Armed Forces: Training

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 16 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 June 2009, Official Report, column 743W, on armed forces: training, what the percentage shortfall of each type of armoured vehicle used for pre-deployment training was in the latest period for which figures are available. (289092)

Our priority is to get new equipment to the front line as quickly as possible for use by personnel facing the greatest danger. However, we look to ensure that whenever possible new equipment is also provided for troops during pre-deployment training so that they can use it safely and effectively on arrival in theatre. In practice, where shortfalls occur due to prioritising equipment to the front line, sufficient equipment is still made available for training to ensure personnel meet the minimum safety and operating standards. We have recently introduced measures to reinforce this, and all Urgent Operational Business cases now include a clear requirement that sufficient numbers of pre-deployment vehicles are procured and delivered for training before they are deployed operationally.

The last period for which figures are available was the Mission Rehearsal Exercise for 11 (Light) Brigade in July 2009. The availability of armoured vehicles for this period was as follows:

Snatch-Vixen: 100 per cent.

Ridgback: 34 per cent.

Mastiff: 54 per cent.

Vector: 53 per cent.

Warrior: 100 per cent.

Viking: 18 per cent.

CVR(T): 100 per cent.

Panther: 100 per cent.