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Libya: Armed Conflict

Defence written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Gordon Banks Gordon Banks Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) air to surface missiles, (b) air to air missiles, (c) ship to surface missiles and (d) ship to air missiles have been fired by UK forces deployed in Libya during the recent conflict.

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

holding answer 28 April 2011

We carefully select the type of weapon in every engagement to ensure the most appropriate munition is used to deliver the required effect, while minimising the risk to civilian casualties. From the start of recent operations in Libya up till 24 April 2011, UK forces have fired around 170 air to surface munitions and a number of ship to surface missiles.

Over the same period, UK forces have not employed any air to air or ship to air missiles.

I am withholding the number of ship to surface missiles as its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.

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