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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have been deployed within field hospitals during Operation Herrick since April 2009; and how many and what proportion were reservist medical personnel. (324584)

The numbers of service personnel deployed to field hospitals is shown in the following table:

Operation Herrick

Total personnel

of which reservists

as a percentage

April to October 2009

136

109

80

October 2009 to April 2010

283,

151

53

It should be noted that reservists deploy for periods of three months rather than six months for regular armed forces personnel. As such, the reservists figures look artificially high because they reflect two three-month deployments rather than one six-month deployment.