Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Defence written question – answered on 1st September 2009.

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Photo of Adam Holloway Adam Holloway Conservative, Gravesham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many rounds of (a) 51 mm and (b) 81 mm mortar ammunition of all natures were used in Operation (i) Herrick 4, (ii) Herrick 5, (iii) Herrick 6 and (iv) Herrick 7.

Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Labour, Barrow and Furness

holding answer 1 April 2009

Officials are collating and validating the data needed and this is taking longer than anticipated. I will write to the hon. Member when this work is complete.

Substantive answer from Bob Ainsworth to Adam Holloway:

I am writing to provide you with the information promised in mine and my predecessor's holding replies to your Parliamentary Questions regarding ammunition expenditure in Afghanistan on 20 April 2009 (Official Report, column 46W); 31 March 2009 (Official Report, column 1034W) and 26 November 2008 (Official Report, column 1518W).

The Ministry of Defence has recently completed a review of the data on ammunition usage required to answer this question, and has revised the manner in which we classify and present data to ensure consistency. The table below shows all ammunition expenditure for UK forces in Afghanistan from the beginning of retained records (August 2006) to the end of Operation HERRICK 9 (October 2008-April 2009), in April of this year.

You will note that, unfortunately, this review has resulted in corrections to the ammunition figures previously issued for the HERRICK 6 (April 2007-October 2007) and HERRICK 7 (October 2007-April 2008) roulements. These figures have been found to be incorrect due inconsistency of tour dates taken, inconsistency of inclusion of training rounds and a failure to include all variations of ammunition in all cases.

Ammunition type Herrick 4 (13 August 2006-October 20 06)( 1) Herrick 5 ( October 2006-April 2007 ) Herrick 6 ( April 2007-October 2007 ) Herrick 7 ( October 2007-April 2008 ) Herrick 8 ( April 2008-Oct ober 2008 ) Herrick 9 ( October 2008-April 20 09 )
7.62 mm all variants 210,000 520,000 1,300,000 1,380,000 700,000 908,400
5.56 mm all variants 235,000 615,000 1,490,000 1,390,000 1,000,000 1,080,000
0.5 inch all variants 25,000 90,000 200,000 180,000 113,000 196,000
12.7 mm all variants 2,400 350 4,800 21,000 13,000 10,600
9 mm all variants 10,000 69,000 30,000 69,000 71,700 61,400
0.338 inch all variants 200 1,700 5,600 7,300 8,200 12,100
12 bore shotgun all variants 5 45 660 15,100 300 525
105 mm all variants 8,600 4,300 12,100 12,400 5,600 11,200
30 mm armd fighting veh rounds 1,200 5,000 3,600 2,800 745 4,500
30 mm Attack helicopter rounds 29,800 21,000 27,800 15,700 34,400 34,200
(1) Accounting records exist only from 13 August 2006-mid Herrick 4.

Note s :

1. All tour dates are taken from the Transfer of Authority from one Brigade to the next.

2. All figures rounded to nearest 10,000, 1,000 or 100.

Ammunition expenditure is shown for the whole of Afghanistan, rather than just Helmand Province as the information is collated centrally for UK forces in Afghanistan. The data include all training rounds used and all variants of each ammunition type. They are collated by each HERRICK roulement, at the end of which the data are finalised for records.

All data shown above are data based on information derived from a number of sources and can only be an estimate, not least because of the difficulties in ensuring a consistent interpretation of the basis for collating statistics in a complex fast-moving multinational operational environment.

I hope that the above information addresses your concerns on this matter.

I will place a copy of this letter in the Library of the House.

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