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, how many times his Department has had to suspend the use of the high-explosive L31 artillery round in use with the L118 light gun since 2010.

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

Since 2010, full use of 105mm L31 High Explosive ammunition has been suspended twice; in June 2015 after an incident in training; and briefly in March 2016 based on a factory inspection. Individual batches and different combinations of shell and fuse have also been constrained at various points, but without impacting on availability for use in training or operations.

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