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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures have been implemented to improve casualty reporting in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq; and if he will make a statement. (154257)

The casualty reporting and notification process has been co-ordinated by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) at RAF Innsworth since 2005 and all information is routed through it. Casualty reporting from Afghanistan and Iraq has been further streamlined by the introduction of the Joint Personnel Administration system into these theatres in March 2007.

Casualty figures for Afghanistan and Iraq are now published twice-monthly a fortnight in arrears (previously monthly a month in arrears) and, in conjunction with JCCC, the Defence Analytical Services Agency (DASA) has conducted an exercise to validate historical operational casualty data from January 2001 onwards. The results of their analysis, together with current Aeromedical Evacuation and hospital patient data, have been published on the internet at:

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/FactSheets/Operations Factsheets/OperationsInAfghanistanBritishCasualties.htm

and

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/FactSheets/Operations Factsheets/OperationsInIraqBritishCasualties.htm

Furthermore, as I announced to the House on 25 July 2007, MOD has moved from a system of recording and reporting mental health statistics relating solely to Operation TELIC (Iraq) to a new system covering all in-service personnel assessed with a mental health disorder at our out-patient Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMH). The report also includes a return for new in-patient admissions under the MOD’s contract with the Priory Group. These are published quarterly by the Defence Analytical Services Agency (DASA), and the first report, for the period January—March 2007, is available on their website at:

http://www.dasa.mod.uk/publications/pdfs/mentalHealth/report_JanMar07.pdf