Armed Forces: Equipment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 11th October 2018.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding his Department has allocated to (a) Attenuating Energy Projectiles, (b) Discriminating Irritant Projectiles, (c) Riot Batons, (d) Personal Protective Equipment for use in Riot Control operations, (e) Riot Shields, and (f) Non-Porous Bags used for the storage and transportation of corpses in financial years (i) 2019-20, (ii) 2018-19, (iii) 2017-18, and (iv) 2016-17.

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The information requested is set out in the table below. Figures represent money that was allocated for these items each financial year (FY), not actual spend.

The Ministry of Defence does not use discriminating irritant projectiles. We cannot break down the allocated funding of body bags as they fall under a wider general supplies inventory.

FY 2016-17

FY 2017-18

FY 2018-19

FY 2019-201

Attenuating Energy Projectiles (L60)





Riot Batons, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Riot Shields2



£1.91 million


1 Funding allocations for 2019-20 have not yet been finalised

2 Batons, Shields and PPE are procured under a combined programme to deliver dismounted public order capability and therefore projected costs are inextricably linked.

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