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Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have worked in field hospitals during each roulement of Operation (a) Telic and (b) Herrick; and how many and what proportion of such personnel were reservist medical personnel. (277526)

The following tables summarise data available from centrally held records for service personnel for the period January 2003 to April 2009. They represent instances, at one point in time in each roulement, showing the current and planned manning for that roulement.

Service personnel deployed within field hospitals: Op Telic

Telic

Established posts

Total personnel

Of which reservists

As a percentage

1 (January 2003-May 2003)

939

939

167

18

2 (May 2003-November 2003)

173

189

18

10

3 (November 2003-May 2004)

154

192

40

21

4 (May 2004-August 2004)

128

187

168

82

4a (August 2004-November 2004)

127

198

106

49

5 (November 2004-May 2005)

116

213

37

17

6 (May 2005-November 2005)

116

223

93

42

7 (November 2005-May 2006)

116

204

22

11

8 (May 2006-November 2006)

98

192

28

15

9 (November 2006-June 2007)

98

161

9

6

10 (June 2007-December 2007)

105

162

7

4

11 (December 2007-June 2008)

105

174

11

6

12 (June 2008-December 2008)

92

178

16

9

Service personnel deployed within field hospitals: Op Herrick

Herrick

Established posts

Total personnel

Of which reservists

As a percentage

4 (April 2006-October 2006)

94

145

3

2

5 (October 2006-April 2007)

98

163

13

8

6 (April 2007-October 2007)

99

203

150

74

7 (October 2007-April 2008)

121

256

132

52

8 (April 2008-October 2008)

121

259

138

53

9 (October 2008-April 2009)

124

228

11

5

Source:

Operational establishment tables, January 2003 to April 2009.

The number of posts can vary during the course of a roulement as a response to operational requirements.

It should also be noted that the numbers of personnel deployed will usually exceed the number of established posts due to variations in tour lengths depending on speciality. Some individuals will have deployed on more than one roulement; therefore the total number of individuals who deployed over the whole period 2003-09 is less than the sum of the total personnel per roulement.