§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many tanks the Army possessed in(a) 1979 and (b) 1996. 
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
[pursuant to his reply, 28 February 1996, c. 557]: I regret that my answer which gave details of tank numbers erroneously stated that at 1 January 1996 the Army possessed 470 main battle tanks of which 350 were deployed in operational units. I can now confirm that on that date the Army possessed 513 main battle tanks, of which 351 were deployed in operational units.