Armed Forces: Weather

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what cold weather equipment his Department provides to soldiers.

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

Whether on deployment or exercise, soldiers are supplied with the right equipment for the operational climate. On joining the Army, all soldiers are provided with clothing designed to protect them from all climate conditions experienced in the UK and Western Europe. Soldiers who subsequently deploy to colder climates, such as Estonia, are provided with additional items such as face masks, hats, gloves, cold weather boots, undershirts, thermal jackets and trousers and socks all specifically designed to protect them from the effects of temperatures they will experience.

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