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Armed Forces: Casualties

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who is responsible for the (a) policy, (b) administration and (c) operational aspects of the safe return of the bodies of service personnel killed on operations to the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement. (136156)

Ownership of repatriation policy rests with the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Personnel). The administration and operation of the process rests with the personnel staffs located at the permanent joint headquarters and the nominated lead authority, usually the parent service of the deceased.