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Defence Equipment: Sales

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 8767, tabled on 27 May 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much revenue has been generated through the sale of surplus military equipment via the Defence Equipment Sales Authority in each of the last five years.

Answered on

7 June 2021

The Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) handles a wide variety of equipment, from large platforms, such as warships, tanks and aircraft, to smaller assets, such as clothing and textiles, military spares, scrap metal and office/IT equipment. DESA processes, on average, in excess of 7,000 declarations each year. A declaration may cover a single item of military equipment or a list of thousands of smaller items. As such, a substantive response covering all individual items sold over the last five years cannot easily be provided.

The number of declarations and net income from the sale of surplus equipment over the last five financial years (FY) is as follows:

FY 2016-17

FY 2017-18

FY 2018-19

FY 2019-20

FY 2020-21

Total

Declarations

7,996

7,547

7,009

7,324

6,244

36,120

Net income £million ex-VAT

70.739

41.309

143.304

111.349

40.716

407.417