§ Mr. Liddell-Grainger
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many rifles have been supplied for use by(a) front-line troops and (b) support forces. 
§ Mr. Ingram
The information to distinguish between the number of rifles of all types held by front line troops and support forces is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. Troops being deployed as part of Operation Telic are to be equipped with the modified SA80 rifle. To date, 50,000 modified SA80 rifles have been issued to United Kingdom Armed Forces personnel.