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Iraq: Troop Morale

Volume 686: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What evidence they have to support the statement by the Lord Drayson on 1 November that morale among British forces in Iraq has improved by 14 per cent since March; and, if the statement was based on a survey or opinion poll, whether they will place the full questionnaire, sample selection, data and results in the Library of the House.[HL8093]

I welcome this opportunity to correct a data point in my answer to Lord Craig of Radley in the Question on Iraq on1 November. The percentage increase of 14 per cent in soldiers' morale that I quoted from information briefed to me by the department was not correct. The correct figure is 16.7 per cent. The percentage of soldiers in the Army who recorded their moraleas “high or very high” in the 2006 attitude survey is 49 per cent, a 16.7 per cent increase on the 2005 figure of 42 per cent.

These figures are derived from the single-services' continuous attitude surveys which are available in the Library of the House and are also available on the MoD FoI website. The latest versions were released on 31 October 2006.