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Ex-servicemen: Suicide

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will record the number of suicides of former UK military personnel who have served in either Iraq or Afghanistan. (177356)

[holding answer 10 January 2008]: The Ministry of Defence currently publishes data on detailed causes of the mortality (including suicide) of veterans of the 1990-91 operation in the Gulf, together with comparative data for a matched cohort of personnel who did not deploy. We have also commissioned research from the University of Manchester into suicide between 1996 and 2006 among personnel who have left the UK armed forces using data from the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide; we expect this to report later this year.

We are currently considering whether we should undertake further research, into the detailed causes of mortality for those taking part in the current operations in Iraq (Operation Telic) and Afghanistan (Operation Herrick).