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Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK (a) civilian and (b) military personnel were (i) killed and (ii) injured in the Iraqi provinces of (A) Al Basrah, (B) Al Muthanna, (C) Dhi Qar and (D) Maysan in each month from March 2003 to December 2005; and how many attacks on multi-national forces were recorded in each Iraqi province during that period. (139096)

[holding answer 4 June 2007]: The following figures are produced from the most complete record of events within Multi National Division (South East) and are for the period between March 2003 and December 2005. Each record is not specifically verified and so cannot be guaranteed to be completely accurate.

The figures include incidents that involved the employment of improvised explosive devices, rockets, mortars, rocket propelled grenades, grenades, small arms and other weapons such as petrol bombs or knives, but not the throwing of stones. Number of Attacks on MNF by Province

Years/province

Month

Attacks on MNF

2003

Al Muthanna

March

0

April

0

May

0

June

0

July

0

August

6

September

0

October

2

November

2

December

8

Basrah

March

0

April

0

May

0

June

20

July

29

August

82

September

26

October

53

November

25

December

23

Dhi Qar

March

0

April

0

May

0

June

1

July

4

August

7

September

3

October

2

November

3

December

1

Maysan

March

0

April

0

May

0

June

5

July

7

August

12

September

7

October

12

November

7

December

8

2004

Al Muthanna

January

0

February

2

March

2

April

7

May

10

June

1

July

3

August

13

September

2

October

4

November

3

December

2

Basrah

January

1

February

11

March

20

April

37

May

86

June

36

July

27

August

143

September

76

October

39

November

18

December

27

Dhi Qar

January

1

February

7

March

3

April

14

May

41

June

9

July

5

August

28

September

3

October

8

November

11

December

1

Maysan

January

0

February

3

March

6

April

68

May

119

June

51

July

6

August

337

September

8

October

6

November

4

December

4

2005

Al Muthanna

January

1

February

3

March

2

April

0

May

0

June

3

July

2

August

0

September

1

October

1

November

5

December

2

Basrah

January

31

February

9

March

5

April

3

May

16

June

6

July

11

August

8

September

32

October

24

November

8

December

17

DhiQar

January

4

February

1

March

3

April

4

May

1

June

4

July

2

August

2

September

3

October

3

November

3

December

0

Maysan

January

4

February

3

March

7

April

9

May

9

June

22

July

13

August

23

September

8

October

10

November

20

December

7

It is not possible to break down the number of persons killed and injured in each attack as requested. The total number of UK military and civilian personnel killed and injured between March 2003 and December 2005 is provided on the MOD website at:

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/FactSheets/OperationsFactsheets/OperationsInlraqBritishCasualties.htm.

The information on the website does not include UK civilians employed or contracted by other Government Departments or by civilian contractors. This information is not held by the MOD.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the operational ability of Lynx helicopters serving in the Persian Gulf has been affected by high air temperatures. (145574)

The performance of all helicopters is affected by variations in air temperature, but Lynx helicopters serving in the Persian Gulf are capable of performing all their assigned tasks.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with senior members of the armed forces on the operational suitability of combat footwear issued to UK forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. (144280)

Following comments from Telic and Herrick in June 2006, alternative boots were provided and sizing advice was offered to units. In addition, a trial to select new commercially available desert boots is due to complete during 2007. This will allow a new boot to be issued to all troops deploying in the autumn and a second alternative boot to be available from early 2008—thus offering some degree of choice. The Department has also initiated a project to introduce a web-based application for the controlled supply of personal clothing to provide service personnel with the ability to order from an online catalogue, with item(s) despatched to an address of choice. This could eventually change the way that items such as boots are provided.