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Iraq and Afghanistan

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 9 December 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civilian contractors lost their lives in support of United Kingdom operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, and (c) 2008. [HL319]

We take very seriously our responsibilities towards our civilian contractors and we greatly value the work done by them in supporting operations. However, collating comprehensive data on fatalities suffered by our contractors is very difficult due to the variety of contractors and the various ways in which they are employed. As a result, detailed and reliable information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.