Iraq

Defence written question – answered on 10th March 2005.

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Photo of Ms Annabelle Ewing Ms Annabelle Ewing Spokesperson (Social Security (SNP Shadow Scottish Minister); Education & Skills; Home Office; Law Officers; Work & Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of Iraqi casualties in the UK sector since the end of the war; and what percentage this represents of the total estimated number of Iraqi casualties since the conflict began.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

None. The United Kingdom armed forces do not maintain records which would enable a definitive estimate of the total number of civilian casualties arising from the Iraq conflict to be calculated.

UK military reporting is limited to the UK area of operations. But even within the UK area of operations reporting is limited to what troops see on the ground. So military reporting is incomplete and cannot provide the basis of civilian casualty estimates. This is why we do not publish figures.

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