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Des Browne: I am withholding the information as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces deployed in Afghanistan.

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many extra helicopters will be sent to Afghanistan as part of the spring roulement. [186285]

Des Browne: I am withholding details of the numbers of helicopters that will be sent to Afghanistan as it would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of NATO forces.

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops deployed in Afghanistan will have tours lasting for longer than six months. [186884]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The overwhelming majority of tours in Afghanistan are six months or less. However, individuals may deploy to Afghanistan for longer than six months in two different sets of circumstances.

First, when brigades rotate in and out of theatre, some individuals or units may have their tours slightly extended beyond the standard period of six months in order to ensure continuity of operations. These short extensions can be a matter of days or weeks and are agreed between the incoming and outgoing headquarters. Detailed figures on the number of individuals who may be required to extend in this way are not held centrally and could be established only at disproportionate cost.

Second, it has been decided that for important reasons of campaign continuity, a small number of posts should be filled by individuals undertaking nine or 12 month tours. Some 20 posts are currently established in this way, broken down as follows:

Post Number of individuals

HQ ISAF

9

Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan

2

HQ Regional Command (South)

6

HQ Task Force Helmand

1

Others

2

Total

20


Circumstances may on occasions dictate, however, that it is not possible for a particular officer to deploy for a full extended tour.

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons NATO leaflets advised Afghan civilians to stay in their homes before the bombing of Musa Qala. [181909]

Des Browne: There was no bombing of the urban area of Musa Qala during the recent operation to restore Government of Afghanistan control of the area. Indeed, great care was taken to avoid aerial bombardment of the town. A small number of precision attacks were made against Taliban forces identified in the surrounding area.


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Leaflet drops warned the civilian population to remain indoors if fighting occurred in their area. This advice was given in order to avoid civilians being caught in crossfire.

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much fresh fruit and vegetables was delivered to UK forces in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Helmand Province in each year since 2001. [184312]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The detailed information is not held centrally in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Purple Foodservice Solutions, which has held the MOD Food Supply contract since October 2006, does maintain data on the total amount of fruit and vegetables shipped to Afghanistan since they took over the contract. From January 2007 to January 2008 this was 1,163,000 kg. This is not a comprehensive picture of fresh fruit and vegetables shipped to UK forces in Afghanistan however, since it excludes UK forces fed under contracts let by other nations and includes civilians or troops from other nations who are embedded in locations supplied by the MOD contract.

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will hold discussions with NATO allies on providing Pashtun linguists for non-kinetic operations in Afghanistan. [185203]

Des Browne: I meet regularly with my NATO counterparts to discuss issues of mutual interest, including Afghanistan.

The majority of Pashtun speakers employed by ISAF forces are hired within Afghanistan.


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Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will hold discussions with his German counterpart about the provision of German troop transport support for OP Herrick 7 and OP Herrick 8. [185205]

Des Browne: I meet regularly with my NATO and EU counterparts, including the German Defence Minister to discuss Afghanistan and other issues of mutual interest.

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received of the nationalities of Taliban fighters killed in Afghanistan since the conflict began; and if he will make a statement. [185207]

Des Browne: I have nothing further to add to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for North Devon (Nick Harvey) on 1 November 2006, Official Report, column 423W.

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) name and (b) age at death was of each British serviceman and woman (i) killed and (ii) severely injured in Afghanistan since 2001; and what the (A) location and (B) date of each death or injury was. [185264]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 7 February 2008]: Information on fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan is published and updated regularly on the Ministry of Defence website at:

The details requested are reproduced as follows:


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Date of Death Name and Rank Age Location

20 January 2008

Corporal Darryl Gardiner

25

Helmand Province

8 December 2007

Sergeant Lee Johnson

33

Helmand Province

4 December 2007

Trooper Jack Sadler

21

Helmand Province

14 November 2007

Captain John McDermid

43

Helmand Province

9 November 2007

Lance Corporal Jake Alderton

22

Helmand Province

4 October 2007

Major Alexis Roberts

32

Kandahar Province

20 September 2007

Colour Sergeant Phillip Newman

36

Helmand Province

20 September 2007

Private Brian Tunnicliffe

33

Helmand Province

17 September 2007

Corporal Ivano Violino

29

Helmand Province

8 September 2007

Sergeant Craig Brelsford

25

Helmand Province

8 September 2007

Private Johan Botha

25

Helmand Province

5 September 2007

Private Damian Wright

18

Helmand Province

5 September 2007

Private Ben Ford

23

Helmand Province

30 August 2007

Senior Aircraftman Christopher Bridge

20

Kandahar Province

23 August 2007

Private Aaron James McClure

19

Helmand Province

23 August 2007

Private Robert Graham Foster

19

Helmand Province

23 August 2007

Private John Thrumble

21

Helmand Province

11 August 2007

Captain David Hicks

26

Helmand Province

10 August 2007

Private Tony Rawson

27

Helmand Province

29 July 2007

Lance Corporal Michael Jones

26

Southern Afghanistan

27 July 2007

Sergeant Barry Keen

34

Helmand Province

26 July 2007

Guardsman David Atherton

25

Helmand Province

25 July 2007

Lance Corporal Alex Hawkins

22

Helmand Province

12 July 2007

Guardsman Daryl Hickey

27

Helmand Province

1 July 2007

Sergeant Dave Wilkinson

33

Helmand Province

30 June 2007

Captain Sean Dolan

40

Helmand Province

24 June 2007

Drummer Thomas Wright

21

Helmand Province

9 June 2007

Guardsman Neil Downes

20

Helmand Province

6 June 2007

Lance Corporal Paul Sandford

23

Helmand Province

30 May 2007

Corporal Mike Gilyeat

28

Helmand Province

28 May 2007

Corporal Darren Bonner

31

Helmand Province

26 May 2007

Guardsman Daniel Probyn

22

Helmand Province

20 May 2007

Lance Corporal George Russell Davey

23

Helmand Province

3 May 2007

Guardsman Simon Davison

22

Helmand Province

13 April 2007

Private Chris Gray

19

Helmand Province

8 March 2007

Warrant Officer Class 2 Michael Smith

39

Helmand Province

6 March 2007

Marine Benjamin Reddy

22

Helmand Province

3 March 2007

Lance Bombardier Ross Clark

25

Helmand Province

3 March 2007

Lance Bombardier Liam McLaughlin

21

Helmand Province

21 February 2007

Marine Scott Summers

23

Helmand Province

21 February 2007

Marine Jonathan Holland

23

Helmand Province

15 January 2007

Lance Corporal Mathew Ford

24

Helmand Province

13 January 2007

Marine Thomas Curry

21

Helmand Province

27 December 2006

Lance Bombardier James Dwyer

22

Helmand Province

12 December 2006

Marine Richard J Watson

23

Helmand Province

5 December 2006

Marine Jonathan Wigley

21

Helmand Province

19 October 2006

Marine Gary Wright

22

Helmand Province

6 September 2006

Lance Corporal Paul Muirhead

29

Helmand Province

6 September 2006

Lance Corporal Luke McCulloch

21

Helmand Province

6 September 2006

Corporal Mark William Wright

27

Helmand Province

4 September 2006

Private Craig O'Donnell

24

Kabul

2 September 2006

Flight Lieutenant Steven Johnson

38

Kandahar Province

2 September 2006

Flight Lieutenant Leigh Anthony Mitchelmore

28

Kandahar Province

2 September 2006

Flight Lieutenant Gareth Rodney Nicholas

40

Kandahar Province

2 September 2006

Flight Lieutenant Allan James Squires

39

Kandahar Province

2 September 2006

Flight Lieutenant Steven Swarbrick

28

Kandahar Province

2 September 2006

Flight Sergeant Gary Wayne Andrews

48

Kandahar Province

2 September 2006

Flight Sergeant Stephen Beattie

42

Kandahar Province

2 September 2006

Flight Sergeant Gerard Martin Bell

48

Kandahar Province

2 September 2006

Flight Sergeant Adrian Davies

49

Kandahar Province

2 September 2006

Sergeant Benjamin James Knight

25

Kandahar Province

2 September 2006

Sergeant John Joseph Langton

29

Kandahar Province

2 September 2006

Sergeant Gary Paul Quilliam

42

Kandahar Province

2 September 2006

Corporal Oliver Simon Dicketts

27

Kandahar Province

2 September 2006

Marine Joseph David Windall

22

Kandahar Province

1 September 2006

Ranger Anare Draiva

27

Helmand Province

27 August 2006

Lance Corporal Jonathan Peter Hetherington

22

Helmand Province

20 August 2006

Corporal Bryan James Budd

29

Helmand Province

12 August 2006

Lance Corporal Sean Tansey

26

Helmand Province

9 August 2006

Private Leigh Reeves

25

Kabul Province

6 August 2006

Private Andrew Barrie Cutts

19

Helmand Province

1 August 2006

Captain Alex Eida

29

Helmand Province

1 August 2006

Second Lieutenant Ralph Johnson

24

Helmand Province

1 August 2006

Lance Corporal Ross Nicholls

27

Helmand Province

5 July 2006

Private Damien Jackson

19

Helmand Province

1 July 2006

Corporal Peter Thorpe

27

Helmand Province

1 July 2006

Lance Corporal Jabron Hashmi

24

Helmand Province

27 June 2006

Captain David Patten

38

Helmand Province

27 June 2006

Sergeant Paul Bartlett

35

Helmand Province

11 June 2006

Captain Jim Philippson

29

Helmand Province

27 March 2006

Lance Corporal Peter Edward Craddock

Helmand Province

22 March 2006

Corporal Mark Cridge

25

Helmand Province

29 October 2005

Lance Corporal Steven Sherwood

23

Samagan Province

28 January 2004

Private Jonathan Kitulagoda

23

Kabul

17 August 2002

Sergeant Robert Busuttil

30

Kabul

17 August 2002

Corporal John Gregory

30

Kabul

9 April 2002

Private Darren John George

23

Kabul


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