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Armed Forces: Journalism

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, columns 82-3W, how many journalists have been embedded in the armed forces since 1997; and for how long in each case. (252651)

Since April 2005, 537 media visits were facilitated to destinations worldwide. These figures exclude May to July 2005 for which no data are available. The number of journalists involved in each visit varies and exact figures are not available.

Most journalists will spend between one and two weeks in theatre.

Data representing the number of media visits prior to April 2005 are not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.