HC Deb 27 February 2001 vol 363 c610W
Mr. Menzies Campbell

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 8 February 2001,Official Report, column 631W and his subsequent letter, (1) if he will list the serviceability targets for each year from 1995 to 2001 inclusive for (a) Warrior variants, (b) Challenger 1, (c) Challenger 2, (d) Saxon variants, (e) AVF 430 variants, (f) Sabre, (g) Striker, (h) Scimitar, (i) Spartan, (j) Sultan, (k) Samaritan and (l) Samson; and if he will make a statement; [151037]

(2) on what date the decision was made to change the system of fully operational serviceability targets for the Army tank fleet from readiness in 24 hours to immediate availability; for what operational reasons; and if he will make a statement. [151038]

Mr. Spellar

[holding answer 26 February 2001]: The decision to change the system of reporting equipment availability was taken in May last year. The change was made following the adoption of the Formation Readiness Cycle which places different units in the Army at different readiness states. Some of these states require equipment to be available immediately (ie capable of undertaking the task to which it has been allocated), while for others a much longer lead time will be acceptable.

The serviceability targets for the equipment types listed by the right hon. and learned Member, which reflect this change in the reporting system, are shown in the table.

Vehicle type Serviceability target 1995–2000 Immediate availability target 2000 to date1
Warrior Variants 75 75
Challenger 12 80 80
Challenger 23 80 80
Saxon Variants 70 70
AFV430 70 70
Sabre 70 70
Striker 70 70
Scimitar 70 70
Spartan 70 70
Sultan 70 70
Samaritan 70 70
Samson 70 70
1This target is set by the Equipment Managers and applies to all vehicles regardless of the readiness state of the Unit to which they are allocated.
2Challenger I withdrawal programme is almost complete.
3Challenger 2 was introduced into service in 1998.