§ Mr. Spellar
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce the contract for 81 mm mortar ammunition. 634W
§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to place an order to supply the Army with 81 mm mortar ammunition; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
There are three separate tenders for 81 mm ammunition in progress. The high explosive and illuminating rounds are subject to competitive tendering and a non-competitive contract for the smoke round is presently being negotiated with Royal Ordnance. I expect the three contracts to be in place by the end of April.
§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was his Department's total expenditure on explosives, propellants, and related ammunition and products over the last five years; and what proportion of this was procured from(a) Royal Ordnance and (b) overseas sources.