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Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the design advantages of (a) a flat bottomed vehicle and (b) positioning the driver over a front wheel when considering the protection of British armed forces on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. (127020)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether British troops will be protected from vertically impacting indirect fire when all are accommodated at Basra air base. (127022)

There is currently a substantial level of protection against mortar and rocket fire afforded to troops at Basra air station, and which has already saved lives. The MOD is continuing to invest in further improvements.

Development of appropriate measures (equipment, vehicles and infrastructure) to best protect our troops is a dynamic and constantly evolving process to keep ahead of the threat. Improved countermeasures, tactics and intelligence are continually being developed and the MOD has invested huge amounts (over half a billion pounds across all theatres) in force protection over recent years.

It would be inappropriate to specify in detail much of this work in the interests of operational security.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many requests from Iraqi authorities have been received by British forces to re-intervene in (a) Muthanna and (b) Dhi Qar since the handover of security responsibility to the Iraqis in each of these provinces. (127157)

British Forces have not received any requests from Iraqi authorities to re-intervene in Muthanna or Dhi Qar since the handover of security responsibility to the Iraqis in these provinces.