Armed Forces: Weapons

Defence written question – answered on 20 October 2008.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) light machine guns, (b) general purpose machine guns and (c) heavy machine guns are (i) in service, (ii) fit for purpose and (iii) out of service.

Photo of Quentin Davies Quentin Davies Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Defence Equipment and Support)

The figures requested are as follows.

Percentage of total holdings in service Percentage of in service holdings fit for purpose Percentage of total holdings out of service
Light machine gun 100 96 0
General purpose machine gun 100 85 0
Heavy machine gun 100 94 0

In answering the question the following definitions have been used.

In service: Total numbers held excluding out of service numbers.

Out of service: Equipments past their out of service date and/or awaiting disposal.

Fit for purpose: Equipments which are capable of being used in whatever capacity they are currently required for.

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