To ask the Secretary of State for Defence
(1) what discussions he has had with cadet organisations concerning rifle (a) stocks and (b) replacements; and if he will make a statement;
(2) what plans are in place to replace (a) obsolete and (b) unusable rifles used by cadet organisations in the UK; and what the timetable is for rifle replacement for cadets.
There have been no discussions with the cadet organisations about rifle stocks and replacements. There are currently sufficient stocks of all types of cadet rifles. Future options, including replacement and extending the life of the. current weapons, will be considered as part of the Department's normal planning process.