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Weapons

Defence written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) weapons and (b) rounds of ammunition for which (i) his Department has and (ii) the armed forces have responsibility have gone missing since June 2009.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The following table provides details of the number of Ministry of Defence owned weapons reported as lost/stolen from June 2009 to date, showing, as appropriate, where recovery has been effected. These figures include reported losses in-theatre.

No comprehensive figures are available in respect of ammunition losses.

2009( 1) 2010 2011( 2)
Lost/Stolen Recovered Lost/Stolen Recovered Lost/Stolen Recovered
Pistol 14 12 9 .0 0 0
Rifle 3 2 4 0 0 0
Machine Gun 0 0 (3)61 5 0 0
Shotgun 0 0 1 0 0 0
(1) June to December.

(2) To date.

(3) This figure includes 59 Minimi machine guns, the loss of which is the subject of a Royal Military Police investigation.

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