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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 556: debated on Tuesday 8 January 2013

Ministerial Corrections

Tuesday 8 January 2013

Defence

Afghanistan

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have served on tours of duty of longer than six months in Afghanistan; and what the (a) tour dates, (b) rank, (c) regiment and (d) reasons for the length of tour was.

[Official Report, 21 November 2012, Vol. 553, c. 491-92W.]

Letter of correction from Dr Murrison:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the right hon. Member for East Renfrewshire (Mr Murphy) on 21 November 2012.

The full answer given was as follows: (128512)

[holding answer 19 November 2012]: The Ministry of Defence does not hold this information centrally in the form requested, and in the interests of anonymity we do not release information of individual tours.

The MOD is able to confirm that at present around 110 posts out of 9,500 in Afghanistan are subject to tour lengths of longer than six months to provide continuity to the campaign. These posts are broken down as shown in the following table:

Army ranks (or equivalent) represented

Length of continuity posting (months)

Number of personnel (to the nearest 10)

Staff Sergeant

8

10

Warrant Officer Class 2

Warrant Officer Class 1

Captain

Major

Lieutenant Colonel

Captain

9

20

Major

Lieutenant Colonel

Staff Sergeant Major

12

50

Lieutenant Colonel

Colonel

Brigadier

Major General

Lieutenant General

Major

18

<10

Private

24

20

Lance Corporal

Corporal

Sergeant

Major

Lieutenant Colonel

Colonel

Major General

The correct answer should have been:

[holding answer 19 November 2012]: The Ministry of Defence does not hold this information centrally in the form requested, and in the interests of anonymity we do not release information of individual tours.

The MOD is able to confirm that at present around 110 posts out of 9,500 in Afghanistan are subject to tour lengths of longer than six months to provide continuity to the campaign. These posts are broken down as shown in the following table:

Army ranks (or equivalent) represented

Length of continuity posting (months)

Number of personnel (to the nearest 10)

Staff Sergeant

8

10

Warrant Officer Class 2

Warrant Officer Class 1

Captain

Major

Lieutenant Colonel

Captain

9

20

Major

Lieutenant Colonel

Staff Sergeant Major

12

50

Lieutenant Colonel

Colonel

Brigadier

Major General

Lieutenant General

18

0

Staff Sergeant

24

<10

Colonel

Cabinet Office

Justice and Security Bill (Lords)

The following is an extract from the answer given by the Minister without Portfolio, the right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke), to a question from the right hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) during the Second Reading Debate on the Justice and Security Bill on 18 December 2012.

[Official Report, 18 December 2012, Vol. 555, c. 726-7.]

… Sir Daniel Bethlehem, a former legal adviser to the Foreign Office, told the Joint Committee on Human Rights that the flow of intelligence from the United States was being limited. He said that he did not want to exaggerate, but the point was that the trust of the United States had been weakened and that trust needed to be restored.

Letter of correction from Kenneth Clarke:

An error has been identified in the answer given to the right hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps).

The correct answer should have been:

Lord Butler of Brockwell, a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee, told the House of Lords that the flow of intelligence from the United States was being limited. He said that he did not want to exaggerate, but the point was that the trust of the United States had been weakened and that trust needed to be restored.