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Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK personnel injured in Iraq since 2003 have been treated in each (a) British and (b) Coalition hospital in (i) the Middle East and (ii) Cyprus; and what type of injury was sustained in each case. (74970)

In total, 386 UK personnel serving on Telic were treated at the Role 3 Facility in Cyprus, 19 of whom returned to their units in theatre after treatment. The remaining 367 personnel were sent back to the UK either for additional treatment or to their units. Of the 386 personnel, 33 were treated for wounds received as a result of hostile action and 353 for disease and non-battle injuries. All personnel treated at the medical facility in Cyprus are included in the aeromedical evacuation reporting published on the MOD website.

As far as we know, no UK personnel injured in Iraq were treated in any other British or Coalition hospital in the Middle East outside the Telic area of operations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what injuries were entered into individual unit logs for those units involved in Operation Telic. (74977)

A unit’s operational records should include copies of all routine documentation produced during an operational tour.

Since October 2005 units have been specifically tasked to provide a daily update of all injuries to personnel and vehicles from major causes. Prior to this, units were not specifically tasked to do this and the information recorded for the early phases of Operation Telic is therefore not comprehensive and has not been extracted from the rest of the documentation produced by the unit. Further detail relating to the period prior to October 2005 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British soldiers have served in Iraq over the last three years. (80854)

Since March 2003, there have been 112,000 UK deployments on Operation Telic. This figure includes individuals who have deployed on more than one occasion.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which national contingents are assisting the British Army in Multinational Division (South East) in Iraq; and what their force totals are. (81135)

The approximate troop contributions from current partner nations deployed in Multinational Division (South East) in Iraq are listed as follows:





Czech Republic












United Kingdom


1 Roulement is ongoing

In addition, Portugal (two troops) and the Netherlands (one) currently have liaison officers working within MND(SE) Headquarters.