Defence written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of David Kidney David Kidney Labour, Stafford

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel (a) have committed suicide in Iraq or since returning to the UK from Iraq and (b) have been returned to the UK from Iraq early because of mental stress.

Photo of Mr Ivor Caplin Mr Ivor Caplin Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence

During the period 10 January 2003 to 20 December 2003 no member of British service personnel committed suicide in Iraq. Among Service personnel who have since returned to the United Kingdom from Iraq one has died and an open verdict has been recorded by a coroner. In addition six cases have been referred to a coroner for inquest and have not yet been heard.

As of 30 November 2003, the last date for which these data are currently available, 119 personnel had been medically evacuated from Iraq and received treatment for mental health conditions at the Duchess of Kent Psychiatric Hospital.

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