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Rare Earths

Defence written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Alison Seabeck Alison Seabeck Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the importance of rare earth elements to defence guidance and control systems and electronic warfare; and what estimate he has made of how much of each such metal is required by UK defence industries.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence's Science and Technology Programme has conducted analysis of the importance of certain materials, including the rare earth elements, to a range of defence capabilities. The research is used to advise equipment procurement and support teams to understand which materials are important and enable them to discuss this with defence suppliers who may then need to take steps to ensure ongoing security of supply and cost management.

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