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Iraq and Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many visits he has made to servicemen and women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan; and how many visits have been made by other Ministers. (138833)

[holding answer 22 May 2007]: Since 2003, Defence Ministers have made a total of 48 visits to injured service personnel in hospitals in the UK and overseas. Those injured service personnel include servicemen and women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. The following table shows the number of visits made by each Minister.

Visits

Secretary of State for Defence

19

Minister for the Armed Forces

10

Minister for Defence Equipment and Support

6

Under Secretary of State

13

In addition, Ministers have also visited personnel in the UK once they have returned from operational duty. On some of these occasions Ministers will have met injured personnel and their families.