Ammunition

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 2nd March 2015.

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Photo of Alison Seabeck Alison Seabeck Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps are taken to ensure that ammunition used on firing ranges is fully and properly accounted for; and what amount of ammunition has not been accounted for in each of the three services in each of the last five years.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Holding answer received on 09 September 2014

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) takes the security and accounting of its ammunition very seriously. The MOD therefore has in place mechanisms to ensure that only units and individuals which are allowed to draw and use specific types of ammunition can do so. In addition to this, the MOD operates a rigorous internal audit system to ensure that ammunition can be accounted for at all stages of the supply chain. This includes both formal inventory checking within ammunition stores and confirmatory checks at the end of a range session; the latter includes a declaration requiring individuals to confirm they have no ammunition in their possession. The Service Police Crime Bureau has recorded all reported losses, thefts, and recoveries of MOD ammunition since 2011. Centrally held figures prior to 2011 are not available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The amount of lost and stolen ammunition is shown in the following table.

2011

2012

2013

Total

Lost 9mm

13

164

60

237

Lost 5.56mm

247

602

1,473

2,322

Lost 7.62mm

0

0

210

210

Lost .22mm

0

0

55

55

Lost L35A3 105mm

0

0

1

1

Lost 12.7mm

0

29

0

29

Stolen 9mm

23

0

15

38

Stolen 5.56mm

90

1

280

371

Stolen 7.62mm

200

0

30

230

Full year data for 2014 is not yet available.

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