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Ta Medics

Volume 406: debated on Monday 9 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many TA medics are serving in Iraq; and when he expects them to be discharged. [117548]

The majority of Territorial Army (TA) medical personnel currently deployed in Iraq are serving with 202 Field Hospital (V) (a total of 483 TA medical personnel). These personnel are expected to be released from theatre through a staged process over the next few weeks, and all should have returned to the United Kingdom by the end of July 2003. Additionally there are a relatively small number of further individual appointments filled by TA medical personnel who will leave theatre when their parent Regular unit leaves.