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Iraq: Supply of Weapons

Volume 686: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What weapons they have supplied to the Government of Iraq for the use of Iraqi security forces; and on what terms the weapons were supplied.[HL8074]

The following weapons have been supplied by HMG to the Iraqi Government for use by the Iraqi security forces following Operation TELIC:

6,500 x AK47 assault rifle

438 x Underslung grenade launchers for AK47

5,666 x 9mm pistols

774 x Medium machine guns (PKMs)

1,150 x Light machine guns (RPKs)

The following weapons are awaiting delivery but have been approved to be supplied to the Iraqi Government for use by the Iraqi security forces:

90 x Dshka machine guns

6,300 x 9mm pistols

85 x PKC machine guns

12 x Dragunov sniper rifles

These weapons have been gifted to the Iraqi Government. Prior to gifting, a minute was laid before Parliament to inform Parliament of HMG’s intention to supply these weapons.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have recorded and retained the serial numbers or other identification information in respect of any weapons or other military material supplied to the Government of Iraq.[HL8075]

Identification information for most military equipment supplied to the Iraqi Government by HMG following Operation TELIC has been recorded and retained. This includes the serial numbers of the weapons supplied. However no specific identifiers have been retained for equipment such as individual helmets and individual pairs of boots that have been supplied to the Iraqi security forces.