HC Deb 24 July 1973 vol 860 cc494-5W
Mr. Sydney Chapman

asked the Prime Minister whether, in his reply to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Handsworth on 19th July about forms of protection used by the Army in Northern Ireland, account had been taken of the preferences of the soldiers themselves.

The Prime Minister

Yes. As I informed the House on 19th July, the main danger to the Army comes from high-velocity as opposed to low-velocity weapons. Neither the flak jacket used by the Army nor the Bristol armour used by the police stops the high-velocity bullet. The Army uses the flak jacket because it gives the best available combination of protection, including protection against blast and fragmentation, with freedom of movement. It is preferred by the soldiers themselves