The Department conducts regular reviews of UK force levels in Iraq, the results of which inform the six monthly roulement process. The next roulement of UK troops in Iraq begins next month and upon completion, will maintain around 7,100 UK forces in Iraq. We continue to keep our force levels in Iraq under review and will confirm force levels for the next routine roulement around the turn of the year.
I have regular discussions with each of the service chiefs on all aspects of current operations, including the security situation in Iraq.
[holding answer 12 June 2006]: It is with very deep regret that I can confirm that, as of 27 October, a total of 120 British Forces personnel have died, or are missing presumed dead, while serving on Operation Telic since the start of the campaign in March 2003.
The Ministry of Defence publishes data on battle and non-battle casualties that have resulted from our operations in Iraq, dating from March 2003. The best centrally available casualty statistics can be found on the Ministry of Defence website http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/FactSheets/OperationsFactsheets.
(2) how many serious injuries were sustained by British troops serving in Iraq in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005 and (d) 2006.
The Ministry of Defence publishes data on battle and non-battle casualties that have resulted from our operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, dating from March 2003 for Iraq and January 2006 for Afghanistan. The best centrally available casualty statistics can be found on the Ministry of Defence website http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/FactSheets/OperationsFactsheets.
Between March 2003 and 31 December 2005 there were 230 UK military and civilian personnel treated at UK medical facilities in Iraq for wounds received as a result of hostile action. These figures are derived from the best records currently held centrally but do not include those treated in the medical facilities of Coalition partners.
Separate records, from notification of casualty reporting (NOTICAS), for the same period in Iraq, show that some 40 UK military and civilian personnel have been categorised as Very Seriously Injured (VSI) from all causes, and that some 70 personnel have been categorised as Seriously Injured (SI) from all causes including as a result of hostile action.
Since the beginning of the year, we have sought to collect better information on those suffering wounds as a result of combat. Between 1 January and 30 September 2006, 47 UK military and civilian personnel were admitted to the Shaibah Role 3 Medical Facility in Iraq categorised as Wounded in Action, including as a result of hostile action.
The cost of operations are calculated on a net additional basis and audited figures are published each year in the MOD’s annual report and accounts. The annual audited figure for the costs of operations in Iraq for the year 2005-06 was £958 million.