§ Mr. Harvey
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the reason for the withdrawal from service of(a) the L27 off-route mine and (b) the Mk 7 anti-tank mine; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Spellar
(a) The L27 Anti-Tank Mine was withdrawn from service in 1997 because it was obsolete and no longer required for service use.
(b) Two variants of Mk 7 Anti-Tank Mine were withdrawn from service over 10 years ago as they were obsolete and no longer required for service use. Two other variants remain in service.