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Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many awards for (a) bravery and (b) distinguished service were issued to personnel who had served in Iraq in each year since 2003, broken down by (i) service, (ii) rank and (iii) regiment. (195380)

It has not been possible to collate the necessary information in the format requested within the required timescale. I can however provide aggregate figures as follows:

Service

Gallantry

Meritorious service

Total

Royal Navy/Royal Marines

32

77

109

Army

328

310

638

Royal Air Force

43

70

113

Royal Fleet Auxiliary

5

5

Total

403

462

865

The Army figures can be further broken out into regiment follows:

Regt/Corps

Gallantry

Meritorious service

Total

Household Cavalry Regiment

7

7

1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards

6

6

12

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

2

2

4

The Royal Dragoon Guards

1

1

The Queen's Royal Hussars

4

2

6

9th/12th Royal Lancers

1

1

The King's Royal Hussars

3

3

6

The Light Dragoons

4

4

The Queen's Royal Lancers

4

5

9

Royal Tank Regiment

1

4

5

The Queens Own Yeomanry

2

2

Royal Artillery

14

27

41

Royal Engineers

20

40

60

Royal Corps of Signals

2

15

17

Grenadier Guards

2

2

Coldstream Guards

2

2

4

Scots Guards

3

3

6

Irish Guards

7

3

10

Welsh Guards

3

5

8

Royal Regiment of Scotland

34

14

48

Princess of Wales' s Royal Regiment

43

4

47

Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

7

5

12

Royal Anglian Regiment

9

4

13

The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

15

12

27

The Yorkshire Regiment

4

10

14

The Mercian Regiment

6

6

12

The Royal Welsh

19

4

23

The Rifles

35

10

45

The Royal Irish Regiment

5

5

10

The Parachute Regiment

29

10

39

The London Regiment

1

1

The Royal Gurkha Rifles

1

1

Queen's Gurkha Engineers

1

1

Royal Army Chaplains Department

1

1

Army Air Corps

5

2

7

The Royal Logistic Corps

16

41

57

Royal Army Medical Corps

6

16

22

Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

12

12

24

Adjutant General's Corps

2

13

15

Small Arms School Corps

1

1

Intelligence Corps

9

9

Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps

4

4

Total

328

310

638

I will write to the hon. Member with more detailed information when this has been collated.

Substantive answer from Bob Ainsworth to Nick Harvey:

I undertook to write to you in answer to your parliamentary question on 19 March 2008, Official Report, columns 1174-75W with more detailed information on bravery and distinguished service since 2003.

After further investigation by officials it has become clear that the information is not held in the format you requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Since 2003 there have been 10 operational honours lists, all of which have been published in the London Gazette, http://www.london-gazette.co.uk, copies of which were forward to the Library of the House. The operational honours list was gazetted on the following dates:

31 October 2003

23 April and 7 September 2004

18 March and 9 September 2005

24 March, 8 September and 15 December 2006

19 July 2007

7 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK armed forces personnel were stationed in Basra in each month since December 2007; and if he will make a statement. (196918)

The number of established UK military posts in southern Iraq over the period requested is shown in the table (to the nearest hundred):

Number

31 December 2007

4,500

31 January 2008

4,100

29 February 2008

4,000

31 March 2008

4,000

The actual number of UK military personnel in theatre varies significantly from day-to-day for a variety of reasons, including leave (rest and recuperation), temporary absence for training, evacuation for medical reasons, the roulement offerees and other factors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK armed forces personnel have served (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four or more tours of duty in Iraq since March 2003. (197890)

The information is not held in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.