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Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average tour intervals are for each unit deploying to Iraq in the autumn. (154252)

Details of the most recent tour intervals for the formed Army units due to deploy to Iraq in November and December are as follows:

Unit

Tour Interval(months)

The Royal Dragoon Guards

31

Ist Bn Scots Guards

31

The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotlandl

1 Royal Scots: 18 1 King's Own Scottish Borderers: 16

1st Bn The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border)2

n/a

1st Bn The Cheshire Regiment

37

21 Engineer Regiment

31

1 Royal Scots and 1 King's Own Scottish Borderers amalgamated to form The Royal Scots Borderers in August 06. 2 King's Own Royal Border Regiment, 1 King's Regiment and the 1 Queen's Lancashire Regiment amalgamated in July 2006 to form 1 Lancashire Regiment and 2 Lancashire Regiment. Op TELIC 11 will be the first unit operational deployment for 1 Lancashire Regiment.

The formation of 1 Lancashire Regiment and 2 Lancashire Regiment involved the amalgamation of 1 King's Own Royal Border Regiment, 1 King's Regiment and the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, with both of the new regiments containing personnel from each of the three original regiments. It is not possible therefore to calculate meaningful historic average tour intervals for 1 Lancashire Regiment but, for information, 1 King's Own Royal Border Regiment returned from its previous deployment in April 2006 (equivalent to an 18 months interval) and 1 King's Regiment and the Queen's Lancashire Regiment returned from their previous deployments in October 2003 (equivalent to a 50 month tour interval).

Royal Air Force ground units operate differently to those of the Army. While a unit might be deployed for four months, RAF personnel can rotate through the unit rather than remain deployed with it throughout. Therefore unit and personnel tour intervals are not necessarily the same.

Unit

Tour Interval (based upon last operational tour and current deployment)

2 Force Protection Wing Headquarters

12 months

34 Sqn Force Protection

12 months

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total annual cost was to the (a) defence budget and (b) reserve of payments made to servicemen arising from service in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan in the latest period for which figures are available. (157086)

[holding answer 15 October 2007]: The net additional cost for service personnel for service in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last period for which figures are available is as follows:

Operating cost 2006-07

£000

Service manpower

Total outturn

Iraq

99,779

Afghanistan

49,487

These net additional costs are met from the HM Treasury Reserve and not from the Defence budget.