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Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operation

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Lynx helicopters are available for service on a 24-hour basis throughout the year in Afghanistan. (172535)

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him by the then Minister of State for the Armed Forces on 26 March 2007, Official Report, column 1353W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British helicopters are carrying out operations in Afghanistan. (172578)

I have nothing to add to the reply given by the then Minister of State for the Armed Forces on 26 March 2007, Official Report, column 1353W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many combat-related injuries requiring hospitalisation of service personnel in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq there have been since January 2001, broken down by the home constituency of such personnel; and if he will make a statement. (168063)

Casualty figures for Iraq and Afghanistan are published on the MOD website: http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/FactSheets/OperationsFactsheets. These are updated fortnightly, in arrears, and show explicitly the number of personnel who were admitted to UK field hospitals and categorised as wounded in action, including as a result of hostile action, as well as the numbers aeromedically evacuated on medical grounds, whatever the reason.

However, it is not possible to provide details of the home constituency of these personnel. To provide this information would involve disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to acknowledge the contributions made by service personnel who have suffered injuries during service in Afghanistan and Iraq; and if he will make a statement. (168065)

It is recognised that the intensity of current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, coupled with the level of fatalities and wounded, has resulted in considerable public interest in how we recognise the contribution made by our servicemen and women. The military chiefs of staff keep this complex subject under constant review and they are the best placed to make recommendations on the way forward.

I and my fellow Defence Ministers visit injured personnel on a regular basis, both in field hospitals on operations, in UK hospitals and at our rehabilitation centre at Headley Court. Ministers and service chiefs regularly highlight the courage and sacrifice of those wounded in operations. Access to the wounded services personnel has also been given to the media on a number of occasions at Headley Court.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many rounds have been fired by British forces in each Brigade rotation in Helmand province since May 2006, broken down by type of ammunition used. (168908)

The records held only start from 13 August 2006. All usage figures are approximate. The figures cover all rounds fired by British personnel in Afghanistan. There has been minimal usage outside Helmand province.

Type of nature

Herrick 4 (August 2006 to October 2006)

Herrick 5 (October 2006 to April 2007)

Herrick 6 (April 2007 to October 2007)

Herrick 7 (October 2007 onwards)

7.62mm all natures

210,000

520,000

1,100,000

135,000

5.56mm all natures

235,000

615,000

1,170,000

180,000

0.5 inch all natures

25,000

90,000

185,000

21,000

12.7mm all natures

2,400

350

0

400

9mm all natures

10,000

69,000

14,000

3,000

0.338

200

1,700

4,900

490

12 bore shotgun all natures

5

45

660

60

105mm all natures

8,600

4,300

12,100

900

30mm armoured fighting vehicle rounds

1,200

5,000

3,600

0

30mm attack helicopter rounds

29,800

21,000

26,500

4,500