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Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence why Multi-National Division-South East personnel have reassumed air traffic control responsibility for commercial flight services at Basra International Airport. (153653)

[holding answer 8 October 2007]: UK personnel reassumed Air Traffic Control (ATC) responsibility for commercial flight services at Basra International Airport pending the award of a new US-funded ATC training contract. Training to allow Iraqi personnel to take on this task across the country is expected to re-commence later this year, and Multi National Division (South-East)’s ATC responsibilities will be reviewed accordingly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many attacks there have been on British forces stationed at Basra airport in Iraq in each of the last 12 months; how many British personnel were injured or killed as a result of these attacks; and if he will make a statement. (155317)

[holding answer 12 September 2007]: The number of indirect fire attacks on UK forces stationed at Basra air station in Iraq in each of the last 12 months is broken down in the following table:

MonthNumber of indirect fire attacks

2006

October

6

November

8

December

16

2007

January

18

February

12

March

10

April

64

May

77

June

76

July

74

August

32

September

5

There have been three UK service personnel killed as a result of indirect fire attacks on Basra air station over this period. They were killed in a single incident on 19 July 2007. It is not possible to break down the number of persons injured as a result of each of these attacks, as this would contravene operational security and be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.

Further information on the number of UK military and civilian personnel killed and injured between March 2003 and August 2007 is provided on the MOD website at:

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