HC Deb 13 February 2004 vol 418 cc14-5W
Harry Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what sales of surplus equipment have been approved in the last 12 months, broken down by (a) equipment type, (b) country to which it was sold and (c) value; what further equipment is being considered for sale to other countries; and if he will make a statement. [154456]

Mr. Ingram

The contracts signed by the Ministry of Defence's Disposal Services Agency (DSA) in the calendar year 2003 for equipments directly sold (in some cases still to be exported) on a Government-to-Government basis are listed as follows:

Equipment Country
Type 23 Frigate HMS Sheffield Chile
6 Watchman Auto Radar Displays Finland
Various 105MM light gun spares Republic of Ireland
Various test/training equipment Jordan
95 Seammell Commander Tank transporters Jordan

It is not our practice to reveal sales values and, so as to protect third party commercial confidentiality, I am therefore withholding that information in accordance with Exemption 13 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

The DSA markets most capital equipments declared surplus to requirements to overseas Governments for further use. It is currently actively marketing Landing Ships Logistics, Combat Vehicles Reconnaissance (Tracked), Sea Harrier and Sea Kings (among other primary equipments).