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Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel completed the Northern Ireland Surveillance Course as part of their predeployment training for deployment to (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in each year since 2003. (203399)

No service personnel have completed the Northern Ireland (NI) Surveillance Course as part of their predeployment training for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. This course ceased to run in December 2006.

The Operational Training and Advisory Group runs a Static Covert Surveillance (SCS) Course which was developed from the NI Surveillance Course and has been adapted to meet the specific requirements of each operational theatre.

The Iraq SCS course was first delivered in January 2005 and as at 1 May 2008 a total of 630 soldiers have completed this training prior to deployment to Iraq. The Afghanistan SCS course was first delivered in March 2007 and 305 soldiers will have completed this training by the end of the current training year on 31 March 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel have been court martialled for offences relating to the treatment of civilians and prisoners in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan since 2001. (203670)

28 service personnel have been court-martialled for offences relating to the treatment of civilians and prisoners in Iraq.

No service personnel have been court-martialled for offences relating to the treatment of civilians and prisoners in Afghanistan.