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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much fuel was consumed by UK armed forces in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq in each month since the beginning of operations. (154225)

I am withholding the monthly consumption rates of fuel as their release would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness and security of our armed forces.

I am able to provide the total amount of fuel consumed by UK forces in Afghanistan and Iraq for those dates highlighted and this is shown in the following tables. Data are not held centrally on the dates prior to those stated and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Afghanistan—total fuels consumed since October 2006-June 2007


Aviation fuel

71.7 million


2.75 million


85 thousand

This includes a small portion consumed by multinational elements of Task Force Helmand/Regional Command (South).

Iraq—total fuels consumed since January 2005-August 2007


Aviation Fuel

132.3 million


66.7 million


12.8 million

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much depleted uranium ammunition has been used by British forces in Operation Herrick since 2002. (156824)