Armoured Vehicles

Defence written question – answered on 21st March 2006.

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Photo of Bill Wiggin Bill Wiggin Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) how many servicemen have been (a) killed and (b) seriously injured as a result of attacks on Warrior vehicles in each of the last five years;

(2) how many British servicemen have been (a) killed and (b) injured in Iraq as a result of attacks on military vehicles since the start of the conflict; and how many of those injured in such attacks were discharged from the armed forces as a result of their injuries;

(3) how many British soldiers were (a) killed and (b) seriously injured in Iraq when travelling in (i) armoured and (ii) unarmoured Land Rovers.

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

16 British soldiers have been killed when travelling in armoured Land Rovers in Iraq. Of these, two were killed in road traffic accidents and 14 died as a result of hostile action.

Five British soldiers have been killed when travelling in unarmoured Land Rovers in Iraq. Of these, two died in a road traffic accident and three died as a result of hostile action.

20 British servicemen have been killed as a result of attacks on military vehicles since the start of the conflict in Iraq. 14 of these were travelling in armoured Land Rovers, three were travelling in unarmoured Land Rovers, two were travelling in Warrior Armoured fighting vehicles and one was travelling in a military ambulance.

Two British serviceman have been killed in attacks on Warrior armoured fighting vehicles in Iraq, one in August 2004 and the other in November 2004.

Centrally available records do not allow us to give a figure for the number of British servicemen injured in unarmoured or armoured Land Rovers or attacks on military vehicles since the start of the conflict in Iraq. Nor, consequently, can we give a figure for the number discharged from the armed forces as a result of their injuries. Similarly, we do not hold information centrally on the number of British servicemen seriously injured in attacks on Warrior armoured fighting vehicles in each of the last five years.

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