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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 461: debated on Monday 11 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the adequacy of supplies of ammunition to the grenade machine gun in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. (138533)

Although usage of ammunition for the Automatic Lightweight Grenade Launcher has been higher than initially anticipated, this issue has been successfully addressed through our Urgent Operational Requirement process. Supply has been increased to meet the requirement and in-theatre stocks of ammunition are currently assessed as adequate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what most recent estimate he has made of planned troop numbers in Afghanistan for each of the next four years. (141380)

The situation in Afghanistan is liable to change over the forthcoming four years and our force package will adapt to the evolving situation, including the ability of the Afghan National Army to take greater responsibility for its own affairs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recorded casualties there were in categories (a) T1, (b) T2, (c) T3 and (d) T4 in (i) Afghanistan and (ii) Iraq in each month since January 2004. (141767)

Tl-4 are triage categories, used by in-theatre medical staffs to prioritise the treatment of casualties following an incident, Tl being most urgent. These categories are dynamic, based on a variety of physiological factors (e.g. pulse and breathing rate) and do not necessarily correspond to the severity of the injury sustained. For example, Tl may subsequently be categorised as very seriously injured (VSI), seriously injured (SI) or unlisted (UL) once they reach a field hospital. We do not record and verify data on triage levels centrally.

The MOD is committed to openly publishing statistics on the number of service personnel injured on operations. Information on casualties and fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan is published on the MOD website: Factsheets