Defence written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2004, Official Report, column 1247W, about the Iraq Survey Group, if he will break down the figure (a) by nationalities and (b) by speciality; and what the figures were for January 2003.

Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence

The figure of 1,272 personnel in the Iraq Survey Group is broken down as follows:

United States 1,210
United Kingdom 52
Australia 10

United Kingdom contribution consists of 31 Service personnel (Army 20, Royal Air Force 7, Royal Navy 4) serving as Headquarters staff, Signals staff, EOD staff, Collection Team Commanders and interviewers/interpreters; and 21 civilians who are scientific and technical specialists. The breakdown by specialism of other coalition members' contributions is a matter for their Governments.

There are no comparable figures for January 2003 as the Iraq Survey Group was not established until June 2003.

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