Kurds: Military Aid

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 26th February 2016.

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Photo of Mary Glindon Mary Glindon Labour, North Tyneside

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the reasons are for the time taken to supply the Kurdistan Regional Government with new rounds for British machine guns.

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)

We have previously provided some 50 tonnes of non-lethal support, 40 heavy machine guns and nearly half a million rounds of ammunition to the Kurdish Peshmerga. The Kurdish Regional Government has made a number of recent requests to Her Majesty's Government for further assistance, including for ammunition. These requests are currently under consideration to see whether we can assist, taking into account the UK's own requirements and stocks, and notifying Parliament in the normal way on assistance provided.

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