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Iraq: Protection of Armed Forces

Volume 684: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What measures they propose to take in Iraq to protect members of the Armed Forces from excessive personal risk.[HL6285]

In addition to the very comprehensive training received by all UK Armed Forces personnel, those deploying to Iraq receive theatre-specific pre-deployment training, which includes weapons training and force protection measures. In theatre, all personnel are subject to the reception, staging and onward integration process, which includes further weapons training and familiarisation with the area of operations. All troops deploying to Iraq are issued with enhanced combat body armour as standard. Commanders employ force protection measures as appropriate and these are kept under continual review.