Defence written question – answered on 12th 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 his answer of 4 February 2004, Official Report, column 887W, on the Iraq Survey Group, how many personnel were employed in the Iraq Survey Group in June 2003, broken down by (a) nationality and (b) speciality; and what the projected figures are for the end of 2004.

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

The formation of the Iraq Survey Group was announced on 14 April 2003, and there was a period of transition while elements were being moved into place. We do not hold figures for the transition period that can be broken down by nationality or speciality, but we estimate that there were approximately 450 personnel in the Iraq Survey Group in early June. The United Kingdom contribution would have been Headquarters Staff, interviewers/interpreters and scientific and technical specialists. The current planning assumption is that Iraq Survey Group numbers will remain broadly in line with current numbers for as long as is necessary to complete the Group's task.

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