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Renewed Uranium Weapons Tests Questioned in UK Parliament

In response to the MoD's decision to renew testing of CHARM3 ammunition at Scotland's Dundrennan firing range, Dai Davies MP has submitted two questions to the Defence Minister.
13 March 2008 - ICBUW

Written Questions for answer on Thursday 13 March 2008

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Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the gun barrels used in test firing of depleted uranium shells at the Dundrennan test range are stored; and whether they are to be sent to another site for (a) long-term storage and (b) disposal.

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Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on which days in 2008 to date test firings of Charm3 Challenger Tank Ammunition have taken place; what were the reasons for these test firings; and what further tests are planned in 2008.

To date the total number of shells fired (including malfunctions) is as follows:

1982: 9
1983: 56
1984: 194
1985: 152
1986: 118
1987: 151
1988: 272
1989: 434
1990: 783
1991: 666
1992: 781
1993: 682
1994: 458
1995: 286
1996: 105
1997: 734
1998: 134
1999: 136
2000: 270
2001: 126
2002: 0
2003: 192
2004: 0
2005: 0
2006: 0
2007: 0
2008: ?

Total: 6,739