HC Deb 13 February 1986 vol 91 c549W
Mrs. Dunwoody

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what are the size, number and names of foreign manufacturers who have supplied 5.56 mm ammunition to the United Kingdom in the years (a) 1981–82, (b) 1982–83, (c) 1983–84 and (d) 1984–85, respectively; and what steps he has taken to satisfy himself that these tenders held no element of state subsidy.

Mr. Lee

The information is as follows:

Size Number purchased by MOD (000) Manufacturer
5.56 Blank 100 Dynamit Nobel
5.56 Ball (M193) 2,900 Hirtenberger Patronen
5.56 Blank 600 Dynamit Nobel
5.56 Ball (M193) 2,000 Hirtenberger Patronen
5.56 Tracer 1,000 Fabrique Nationale

When purchasing the ammunition, we had no reason to establish whether the tenders contained an element of state subsidy. Ammunition of this type was not available from a United Kingdom manufacturer at the material times and therefore foreign procurement was a necessity.

Mrs. Dunwoody

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether the tender procedure for the purchase of 5.56 mm ammunition by the Government will be opened to overseas manufacturers during 1985–86.

Mr. Lee

Tenders for 5.56 mm ammunition in 1985–86 were opened to overseas manufacturers only to the extent dictated by the non-availability of suitable United Kingdom rounds.

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