Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 3 November 2016.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the precautionary safety notice concerning use of the high-explosive L31 artillery round currently in use with the L118 light gun has been lifted.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Following investigations into an incident with a 105mm L31 high explosive shell during Army training, BAE Systems lifted its precautionary safety notice for new manufacture stock in November 2015 and in May 2016 for the majority of the existing Ministry of Defence stockpile. The British Army returned to normal training use in February 2016. Existing stock continues to be cleared by production batch. All stock has remained available for operations throughout, if required.

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