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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average number of UK (a) service personnel and (b) civilian staff stationed in Afghanistan was in each financial year from 2001-02 to 2007-08. (258867)

Information on the average number of service and Ministry of Defence civilian personnel stationed in Afghanistan in each financial year from 2001-02 to 2007-08 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The number of personnel in theatre at any one time fluctuates significantly on a daily basis for a variety of reasons, including mid-tour rest and recuperation, temporary absence for training, evacuation for medical reasons, the roulement of forces and visits.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops have served in Afghanistan since 2001. (259499)

Due to continuing validation of data from Legacy Service Personnel Administrative systems and the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) 'Move & Track' system, data on the total numbers of deployed personnel to Afghanistan since 2001 are not available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

As at 1 February 2009 there were 31,500 serving members of the UK armed forces who have been deployed to Afghanistan since 2003. This figure does not include personnel deployed to Afghanistan between the periods 1 January 2003 and 14 October 2005 or those who had left the armed forces by 31 January 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) precision-guided munitions and (b) gravity bombs of each type have been dropped in Afghanistan by British (i) fixed-wing aircraft and (ii) unmanned aerial vehicles in each year since 2005. (266938)

The number of precision-guided munitions and free fall weapons dropped in Afghanistan since 2005 are provided in the tables.

Fixed wing

2005

2006

2007

2008

20091

Precision-guided

UK Paveway 2

2

8

10

12

UK Enhanced Paveway 2

13

69

105

71

AGM-114

38

183

97

50

UK Enhanced Paveway 4

8

22

Gravity bombs

540 LB

5

81

72

37

1,000 LB

17

4

1 Up to 24March 2009

UAV

2008

20091

Precision-guided

AGM-114

20

1

GBU-12

13

1 Up to 24 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Gibraltarian troops are serving in Afghanistan. (267099)

At present there are no members of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment serving in Afghanistan.