WESTMINSTER - Equipment failures

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    12 Dec 2006 : Column 928W

    Defence
    Armoured Vehicles
    Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many complaints from service personnel about armoured vehicles in Afghanistan have been recorded in the past six months; [106842]

    (2) how many complaints from service personnel about armoured vehicles in Iraq have been recorded in the past six months. [106843]

    Mr. Ingram: The MOD greatly values and actively encourages feedback from personnel on how equipment is performing, so that lessons can be learnt and improvements made where a need is identified. There are a number of ways available for members of the armed forces to raise issues, faults and suggestions for improvement to equipment, but there is no requirement to collate and hold such information centrally.

    Data is, however, held on equipment failure reports (EFRs) and serious equipment failure reports (SEFs) and the data for the period covering 1 May to 31 October 2006 from Afghanistan and Iraq is shown in the following table. EFRs and SEFs are not technically complaints; they are the reporting mechanism used by units for routine equipment support issues. The data does not account for the results of subsequent investigations and therefore does not differentiate between what has actually been proven to be equipment failure, as opposed to operator error or damage sustained as a result of operations. Nor does this data give the severity of any such failures which in many cases have no discernable impact on operational capability or safety.

    The armoured vehicle fleet is currently meeting all operational commitments.

    Equipment type Number of equipment failure reports Number of serious equipment failure reports
    Afghanistan—1 May2006 to 31 October 2006

    Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked)
    56
    0

    Saxon
    2
    0


    Iraq—1 May 2006 to 31 October 2006

    Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank
    132
    1

    Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked)
    16
    0

    Challenger Repair and Recovery Vehicle
    13
    0

    FV 430 Series
    2
    0

    Saxon
    2
    0

    Warrior
    224
    8

    (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmhansrd/cm061212/text/61212w0004.htm#06121280001395)