HC Deb 08 December 1995 vol 268 cc429-30W
Mrs. Ewing

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the current procedure for disposing of surplus explosives and other munitions materials; and if he will make a statement. [4985]

Mr. Arbuthnot

When explosives and other munitions material are declared surplus, the preferred option is for disposal by sale under strict Government guidelines. If this is not possible, either for safety reasons or because the material has become time-expired, it is disposed of in one of the following ways:

by an approved contractor;by the Defence Test and Evaluation Organisation using a rotary kiln with environmental emission controls or by burning in the open under strictly controlled conditions;locally by technically qualified personnel on licensed demolition grounds on MOD property.
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