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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2008, Official Report, column 62W on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, what types of projects were covered by the term ‘other’ in the table; and whether each project is completed, ongoing or planned. (210912)

The projects listed as ‘other’ in my previous answer referred to projects involving bridge construction, bazaar regeneration, water towers, repair or construction of Government buildings, repair or provision of essential services, and projects aimed at supporting social and economic development. Of these projects, 61 per cent. are completed, 10 per cent. are on-going and 29 per cent. are planned.

In researching this answer it was identified that the table in my previous answer to the hon. Member for Bournemouth, East (Mr. Ellwood) was incorrect. The correct number of projects is shown in the following table:

Location

Type of Project

Status

Lashkar Gar

Gereshk

Sangin

Musa Qal'eh

Education

Completed

6

4

1

0

Ongoing

2

1

1

1

Planned

0

4

0

1

Security and Rule of Law

Completed

20

4

1

0

Ongoing

8

6

4

2

Planned

5

3

1

1

Health

Completed

8

3

0

1

Ongoing

1

1

0

1

Planned

2

2

1

0

Roads

Completed

0

1 (25km)

0

1 (6.4km)

Ongoing

2 (4km)

1 (5km)

1 (0.3km)

1 (0.6km)

Planned

0

2 (2km)

1 (2.2km)

0

Mosques/religious centres

Completed

1

1

0

5

Ongoing

1

1

1

1

Planned

0

4

0

0

Other

Completed

27

13

7

2

Ongoing

1

1

1

5

Planned

0

14

8

1

Total

Completed

62

26

9

9

Ongoing

15

11

8

11

Planned

7

29

11

3

Grand total

84

66

28

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on an increased deployment of their armed forces in Afghanistan. (220073)

[holding answer 21 July 2008]: I discuss regularly with my NATO counterparts force levels in Afghanistan, including at a meeting of NATO Defence Ministers on 12-13 June.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions live munitions have been launched from MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles controlled by the RAF over Afghanistan; and how many (a) combatants have been killed and (b) non-combatants have been killed and injured as a result of such launches. (220468)

UK Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles operating over Afghanistan have been used successfully to launch munitions on seven occasions. I am withholding details of these engagements as disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flying hours have been recorded by unmanned aerial vehicles in (a) Iraq, (b) Afghanistan and (c) elsewhere in each of the last four quarters, broken down by vehicle type. (220476)

The flying hours recorded for unmanned aerial vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan are shown as follows.

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Reaper

Iraq

Q3 2007

1,143

Q4 2007

1,270

Q1 2008

1,113

Q2 2008

1,127

Afghanistan

Q3 2007

270

500

Q4 2007

1,351

500

Q1 2008

1,412

500

Q2 2008

1,582

500

The figures shown for Reaper are average figures.

The Army also operates Desert Hawk III unmanned aerial vehicles, but flight times are only recorded as a total figure and not in the format requested. The total hours flown in each theatre for the same period are 1,871 in Iraq, and 1,217 in Afghanistan.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent reports he has received on the impact of attacks on convoys to Musa Qala, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on water supplies for British troops serving in that Province. (221395)

I have received no reports suggesting that attacks on convoys to Musa Qala, Helmand Province, have had an impact on drinking water for British troops serving in that Province.