Defence written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of each type of small arms in use by UK armed forces in Afghanistan were lost or otherwise unaccounted for in each year since the deployment of UK forces.

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

The table provides information on the number of pistols and rifles reported by the Royal Navy and British Army as lost in Afghanistan between 1 January 2002, when records began, and 30 June 2014. The Ministry of Defence does not centrally hold information on the number of pistols and rifles reported as lost in Afghanistan by the Royal Air Force. The table does not include personal weapons which have been written off, for example as a result of battlefield damage.

  Pistols reported as lost Rifles reported as lost
2002 0 0
2003 0 4
2004 1 0
2005 0 1
2006 3 7
2007 13 4
2008 6 1
2009 0 1
2010 4 4
2011 2 2
2012 4 1
2013 0 1
2014 (to 30 June) 0 1

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