Armed Forces: Vehicles

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 24th December 2018.

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Photo of Martin Docherty Martin Docherty Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Industries of the Future and Blockchain Technologies)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2018 to Question 200133 on Armed Forces: Vehicles, whether Hexavalent Chromium is still being used in vehicle servicing by his Department; and on what date the decision was made to undertake that research.

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

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is committed to managing and reducing hazardous substances and restricted materials throughout the lifetime of equipment to reduce the risk of harm to both human health and the environment. However, Hexavalent Chromium is still used when necessary. The MOD has instigated testing and evaluation of chromate-free paint products since 2012. This research is due to finish in the first quarter of 2019.

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