§ Mr. Edwards
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the SA80; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Ingram
The SA80 modification programme has significantly improved the reliability and performance of the weapon. Extensive trials were carried out across all climatic conditions before the modified weapon was introduced. More recent trials and demonstrations in Afghanistan and Oman have established beyond doubt that the weapon is reliable and accurate, and can be maintained in an operational environment.