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.
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
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.