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Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department defines current operations in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan as small, medium or large-scale contingencies. (168904)

The operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are both classed as medium scale.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) telephones and (b) computer terminals are currently available to service members for welfare use in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan. (175448)

There are currently 151 telephones and 136 computer terminals available solely for welfare purposes to personnel deployed in Iraq. There is, in addition, limited wireless internet coverage at the Contingency Operating Base in Basra. There are currently 213 telephones and 85 computer terminals available solely for welfare purposes to personnel deployed in Afghanistan. As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced on 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 24, work is in hand to expand these numbers and provide free wireless internet to both theatres.