Armed Forces: Bomb Disposal

House of Lords written question – answered on 2nd March 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to reduce from six months the length of overseas tours for high-threat bomb disposal operators in Afghanistan and other frontline areas; and, if so, what is the maximum period of time they would consider appropriate for such a tour.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Operational tour lengths across all areas of each of the three services are being considered as part of our Force Generation Review within the Defence Reform Unit alongside the service chiefs. We are aware of the contemporary issue regarding the high-threat bomb disposal operators in Afghanistan, and are considering various options as part of this process.

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