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Armed Forces: Body Armour

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the protection offered to servicemen’s testicles by body armour in current use; (300545)

(2) whether his Department is assessing or commissioning research on the protection which can be provided for servicemen’s testicles with relation to blast injuries on operations; and if he will make a statement.

All of the protective personal equipment provided to armed forces personnel is constantly under review. The Osprey body armour systems are considered to be among the best in the world, and the survival rates are testimony to that. However, a direct by-product of that is that personnel are now surviving with other associated and sometimes life-changing injuries. We are continually seeking ways to further protect our personnel, and work is well under way to research ways of providing additional protection including for the whole perineal area.