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Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK armed forces personnel were based in Iraq on 1 January 2008; and how many there were on 1 January in each of the previous three years. (182162)

The approximate number of established posts for UK armed forces personnel in Iraq on each of those dates are as follows:

As at 1 January each year

Number approximate

2008

4,700

2007

7,100

2006

8,000

2005

8,000

The actual number of UK military personnel in theatre at any one time varies significantly for a range of reasons, including roulements, rest and recuperation periods and temporary troop deployments.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Territorial Army have been killed in operations in Iraq since 2003, broken down by (a) rank and (b) regiment. (194444)

As at 12 March 2008, five UK Territorial Army personnel have died while on deployment in Iraq since the start of operations in 2003; three privates, one corporal and one sergeant.

At the time of their deaths two members of the Territorial Army were serving with the 52nd Lowland Regiment, one was serving with the 150 (Yorkshire) Transport Regiment (Volunteers), one was serving with the Royal Military Police and one was serving with the Tyne-Tees Regiment.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of (a) the Territorial Army and (b) Commonwealth forces served in Iraq in each year since 2003. (194445)

Data on the number of Commonwealth forces who have served in Iraq in each year since 2003 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The number of Territorial Army personnel who have deployed to Iraq in the same period, is as follows:

Number

2002-03

3746

2003-04

4,458

2004-05

1,612

2005-06

1,189

2006-07

493

2007-08

334

Total

11,832

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy, (c) Royal Air Force and (d) Marines have been killed in operations in Iraq since 2003. (194446)

As at 12 March 2008, a total of 174 UK armed forces personnel have died while on deployment or as a result of injuries sustained in Iraq, broken down as follows:

20 Royal Navy personnel (12 Royal Marines);

132 Army personnel; and

22 RAF personnel.