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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the mandated target for bottled water holdings is held in Afghanistan. (279946)

The volume of bottled water currently held in Afghanistan as at 11 June 2009 is 110 per cent. of the minimum mandated stock holding.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents of (a) theft and (b) vandalism have been reported in relation to British military supplies during transit from the port of debarkation in Pakistan to the final destination in Afghanistan in each month in 2009 to date. (279961)

There have been no incidents of theft or vandalism reported on British military supplies during transit from the port of debarkation in Pakistan to the final destination in Afghanistan during 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Pakistani military personnel are (a) assigned, (b) attached and (c) embedded with UK military forces in Regional Command South. (279962)

There are currently no personnel from the Pakistani armed forces assigned, attached or embedded with UK armed forces in Regional Command (South).

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements there are for the training of RAF pilots in air-to-air refuelling techniques before Tornado GR4s deploy to Afghanistan. (280000)

All RAF crews deploying on Op Herrick are fully combat ready. Combat-ready aircrew training for the Tornado GR4 includes full training for air-to-air refuelling.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2009, Official Report, column 828W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, what his estimate is of the number of troops likely to be required by Regional Command South in October 2009. (280077)