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Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what risk assessments had been carried out with regards to personnel transfers on the Shatt-al-Arab waterway prior to the fatal attack on 12 November. (101937)

Risk assessments and force protection reviews are carried out constantly, in line with current and evolving threats, into all forms of movement by Multi-National Division (South East). We take the threat to our forces very seriously and a range of measures are available to minimise risks. These include protection, provided through evolving tactics, techniques and procedures as well as physical means such as armour and other technical means. Commanders within theatre have a range of options available to them and choose the most appropriate for a given task.