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Ammunition

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cluster munitions have been deployed in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; how many were deployed (i) during active hostilities and (ii) since such times; and what estimate he has made of the number of people (1) killed and (2) seriously injured by cluster munitions in each such period and country, broken down by (A) UK, (B) other coalition and (C) insurgent forces; and how many civilian casualties there have been. (198157)

The UK employed 68 RBL755 and 2,100 M85 cluster munitions during the initial combat phase of operations in Iraq in 2003. The UK has not employed cluster munitions in Iraq since then, nor have we employed cluster munitions in Afghanistan.

One UK fatality in Iraq, which occurred in March 2003, can be attributed to non-UK cluster munitions. Further casualty and fatality information requested for other coalition forces, insurgents and civilians is not held by the MOD. We also do not hold the information for UK armed forces personnel casualties.