Defence Equipment: Sales

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 7th June 2021.

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Photo of Imran Ahmad Khan Imran Ahmad Khan Conservative, Wakefield

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much revenue has been generated through the sale of surplus military equipment via the Defence Equipment Sales Authority in each of the last five years.

Photo of Imran Ahmad Khan Imran Ahmad Khan Conservative, Wakefield

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish a list of surplus military equipment which has been sold via the Defence Equipment Sales Authority in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) handles a wide variety of equipment, from large platforms, such as warships, tanks and aircraft, to smaller assets, such as clothing and textiles, military spares, scrap metal and office/IT equipment. DESA processes, on average, in excess of 7,000 declarations each year. A declaration may cover a single item of military equipment or a list of thousands of smaller items. As such, a substantive response covering all individual items sold over the last five years cannot easily be provided.

The number of declarations and net income from the sale of surplus equipment over the last five financial years (FY) is as follows:

FY 2016-17

FY 2017-18

FY 2018-19

FY 2019-20

FY 2020-21

Total

Declarations

7,996

7,547

7,009

7,324

6,244

36,120

Net income £million ex-VAT

70.739

41.309

143.304

111.349

40.716

407.417

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