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PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for Thursday 1 November 2012

Afghanistan

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what definition is used to distinguish between (a) insurgents and (b) civilians when reporting casualties in Afghanistan. [124375]

Dr Murrison: Within the context of the operational environment in Afghanistan, we report the number of casualties that are caused by UK forces’ actions, whether these are civilian or insurgent casualties, as accurately as practicable. The Ministry of Defence does not, as a matter of course, monitor overall insurgent or civilian casualty figures.
However, where a possible civilian casualty is reported, UK forces will investigate the circumstances. The presumption of that investigation will be that any casualty is a civilian unless it can be established that the individual was directly involved in immediate attempts or plans to threaten the lives of International Security Assistance Force personnel.

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there have been delays to the delivery of (a) protective glasses and (b) uniforms to theatre in Afghanistan; and what the length of any such delays has been. [125453]

Mr Dunne[holding answer 29 October 2012]:There have been no reported delays in the delivery of protective glasses or uniforms to service personnel currently deployed on operations in Afghanistan.

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many missiles have been fired by Royal Air Force unmanned aerial vehicles in Afghanistan since the introduction of those vehicles. [125777]

Mr Robathan: Reaper is the only UK remotely piloted air system (RPAS) and has been armed with precision guided weapons since May 2008. As of 22 October 2012, the UK Reaper RPAS has provided more than 40,000 hours of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to UK and coalition forces in Afghanistan. 293 Hellfire precision guided missiles and 52 laser guided bombs have been deployed using the UK Reaper RPAS. Reaper is not an autonomous system and all weapons employment depends upon commands from the flight crew. The weapons may be released under the command of a pilot who uses Rules of Engagement (ROE) that are no different to those used for manned UK combat aircraft. The targets are always positively identified as legitimate military objectives, and attacks are prosecuted in strict accordance with the Law of Armed Conflict and UK ROE. Every effort is made to ensure the risk of collateral damage, including civilian casualties, is minimised.

Aircraft Carriers

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the dimensions are of the main cargo and aircraft lift planned for the Queen Elizabeth class carrier. [125257]

Mr Dunne[holding answer 29 October 2012]:There are two aircraft lifts on each Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier, which measure around 28 metres long, 15 metres wide, and 2.5 metres deep.

Armed Forces

Dan Byles: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the deployable collective protection capacity of Defence Medical Services with regard to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. [123153]

Mr Robathan: The Collective Protection Capacity of the Defence Medical Services with regard to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear threats has been assessed during a number of departmental audits between July 2011 and July 2012. The details of these audits are classified in the interests of national security.

Dan Byles: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Defence Medical Service personnel are currently trained to (a) treat and (b) decontaminate patients contaminated with chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear material. [123159]

Mr Robathan: Two training courses are run for Defence Medical Service personnel that cover both treatment and decontamination in a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) environmen

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