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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK military and related personnel have been maimed or injured in Afghanistan since June 2006, broken down by (a) category and (b) severity of injury. (156590)

Information on casualty figures for Afghanistan can be found on the relevant section of the MOD website, which is updated twice per month at:

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

Between 1 June 2006 and 15 September 2007, field hospitals in Afghanistan recorded 842 admissions for UK military and civilian personnel. Of these, 249 were categorised as wounded in action, with the other 593 admitted for disease or non-battle injuries.

Over the same period, 33 personnel were recorded as very seriously injured or wounded and 36 as seriously injured or wounded.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel have lost limbs, or parts thereof, from mine strikes in Afghanistan on (a) WMIK and (b) Snatch Landrover vehicles. (157162)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK infantry units in Afghanistan are not equipped with the Blue Force tracker system. (157305)

No UK infantry units are equipped with the Blue Force tracker system, which is a US system. All formed company-level UK infantry units in Afghanistan are equipped with Bowman, which provides a blue force tracking capability. Other systems are also available to UK forces in Afghanistan. I am withholding details of the distribution of free standing blue force tracking systems as their release would prejudice the safety or security of our armed forces.