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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times (a) less-than-lethal and (b) non-lethal weapons have been used in (i) Afghanistan and (ii) Iraq in each year since 2001. (162566)

Records indicate that no baton rounds have been used in Afghanistan since July 2006. There are no centrally-held records prior to that date, but we believe it is highly unlikely that any baton rounds would have been used by UK forces in Afghanistan between 2001 and July 2006.

Records indicate that around 70 baton rounds were used in Iraq in 2004, 1,520 in 2005, 1,070 in 2006 and 200 in 2007. There are no centrally-held records for the period prior to 2004, although records suggest that no baton rounds were used during the initial combat phase of the operation. In addition, records indicate that three anti-riot CS grenades were used in Iraq in 2005 and 10 in 2006. None were used in 2004 or, to date, in 2007.