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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many prisoners have been taken by UK forces in Afghanistan in each (a) week and (b) month since June 2006. (156591)

We do not operate a policy of internment in Afghanistan. UK forces do occasionally briefly detain suspected criminals so that they can be passed to the Government of Afghanistan. Our records indicate that the number of detainees that have passed through British custody between June 2006 and August 2007 are as follows:

Month

Week

Number

2006

July

10-16

1

17-23

3

August/September

28-03

7 (September)

11-17

1

18-24

8

October

23-29

1

October/November

30-05

1 (November)

2007

January

08-14

1

15-21

5

February

12-18

12

19-25

2

March

05-11

4

April

02-08

5

09-15

1

April/May

30-06

3 (April) 6 (May)

14-20

4

May/June

28-03

1 (May)

04-10

2

11-17

5

18-24

3

June/July

25-01

1 (July)

02-08

8

09-15

7

16-22

3

23-29

2

July/August

30-05

17 (July)

06-12

3

20-26

1

August/September

27-02

7 (August)

Total

125

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) 5.56 mm, (b) 7.62 mm and (c) 105 mm rounds have been discharged in Afghanistan by British forces since June 2006. (157026)

The number of rounds of these types of ammunition used by UK forces in Afghanistan from June 2006 to the end of September 2007 are as follows:

Ammunition type

Number of rounds discharged

5.56 mm

Approx 1.1 million rounds

7.62 mm

Approx 1.6 million rounds

105 mm high explosive

Approx 12,000 rounds