Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Defence written question – answered on 26th July 2010.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) uniformed armed forces personnel, (b) civilian support workers and (c) contractors were employed in security work in Afghanistan in each of the last 24 months.

Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox The Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence keeps the number of armed forces and civilian personnel deployed to Afghanistan under constant review. Civil servants deploy to Afghanistan to support the armed forces but they are not directly involved in security operations.

The force levels over the last two years are as follows:

Military Civilian
July 2008 8,100 40
June 2009 9,000 56
November 2009 9,500 97
July 2010 9,500 133

The Department does not directly contract with private military security companies in Afghanistan.

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