Depleted Uranium

Defence written question – answered on 15th April 2013.

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Photo of Katy Clark Katy Clark Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the public will be informed in advance of CHARM3 test fires at the Dundrennan Range.

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

Advance notice of planned firings of any munitions at the Dundrennan range is routinely provided on a weekly basis to the local police, coastguard, harbourmaster, library, farmers and to members of the public who have requested such information.

The only planned Challenger Armament 3 (CHARM3) firings in the next few years relate to the Life Extension Programme (LEP) for the propellant charge. A suitable trial site for the LEP has not yet been selected. I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 4 March 2013, Hansard, column 846W, and reiterate that the planned CHARM3 LEP does not involve the firing of depleted uranium.

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