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Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 19 January 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what items of equipment issued to soldiers in Afghanistan have upgraded versions which are not part of the standard issue; what deficiencies there are in the equipment issued compared to the upgraded versions; what costs soldiers have to cover as a result; and when upgraded versions of the equipment will be issued as standard.[HL1052]

The Government take all measures possible to ensure that the clothing and personal equipment issued to our Armed Forces is both right for the job and right for them. The personal equipment, including protective clothing, which is issued to our troops when they deploy is fully fit for purpose, and there is no need for them to buy their own, although soldiers do sometimes seek to personalise equipment which is issued as standard.

Once an item of equipment is upgraded, the upgraded version will normally become standard issue for those who need it.