Iraq: Military Casualties

House of Lords written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Lord Hanningfield Lord Hanningfield Deputy Chief Whip, Whips, Shadow Minister, Transport, Shadow Minister, Communities and Local Government

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 13 March (WA 190), whether any internal guidance or any other form of briefing on the media handling of the death of the 100th British soldier in Iraq was issued by, or asked of, the Ministry of Defence; and

Whether any guidance, internal or otherwise, or any other form of briefing on the media handling of the death of the 100th British soldier in Iraq was issued by, or asked of, Number 10 Downing Street, including the Prime Minister's Private Office.

Photo of Lord Drayson Lord Drayson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Defence Procurement), Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Procurement)

Within government, the Ministry of Defence is responsible for managing media interest in the deaths of British service personnel. The policies which govern this are set out in a joint service publication and emphasise the need, where possible, to respect the wishes of the families. Advice was provided to Defence Ministers on the 100th fatality in Iraq and was consistent with these policies.

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