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Firing Ranges

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 8th April 2019.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his investigation into the video allegedly showing serving armed forces personnel firing weapons at a target depicting the Leader of the Opposition will include (a) standards of discipline within all sections of the armed forces involved in that alleged event and (b) the way in which politics and political events are discussed by (i) officers and (ii) all other sections of the armed forces involved in that alleged event.

Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to investigate a video circulating on social media that depicts British soldiers using a picture of the Leader of the Opposition as target practice.

Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the head of Army operations in Kabul on media reports of British sodiers allegedly using a picture of the Leader of the Opposition as target practice.

Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidelines his Department has on the use of representations of public figures as targets in live fire drills (a) in base and (b) on deployment.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The video circulating on social media is deeply troubling. This behaviour is far from the high standards we usually see and expect of the Army at any time

The Army has quick to launch a full investigation by the Royal Military Police. The findings of this investigation will inform next steps and appropriate action will be taken.

The Defence Operational Shooting Policy specifies which types of targets are to be used during live fire training. At no time on any live firing activities are Service personnel encouraged to use images of public figures as targets.

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