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Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the wording is of the aide memoire card on the law of armed conflict supplied to UK military personnel deploying to Iraq; how many of these cards have been issued; and how many have been printed. 
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether members of his departmental staff were informed in July 2003 that the Secret Intelligence Service in that month had withdrawn reporting from a source who claimed that the production of biological and chemical agents had been accelerated by the Iraqi regime, because the source of the reporting had subsequently been deemed unreliable. 
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of HM Forces were injured in Iraq (a) during the war and (b) subsequently; and in each case how many were returned to the UK for medical treatment. 
(2) how many British troops have been injured in (a) combat and (b) non-combat duties in Iraq. 
To date 2,703 UK military personnel have been medically evacuated from Iraq. We do not hold centrally records of the number of injured personnel who were treated locally and then returned to duty without being medically evacuated.
Under Article 59 of the Transitional Administrative Law (the law for the administration of Iraq during the transition periodpromulgated by the Iraqi Governing Council in March 2004), the Iraqi Interim Government has no powers to conclude any binding international agreements, which would include status of forces agreements. This power will belong to the elected Transitional Government.
Until the Transitional Government is in place, Coalition Provisional Authority Order 17 covers the terms of the MNF presence in Iraq, and includes those areas which would normally be covered in a status of forces agreement.
Mr. Ingram: All United Kingdom armed forces personnel deployed to Iraq are trained to treat prisoners in accordance with the Geneva Conventions. In addition, each major unit has a number of personnel specially trained in prisoner handling.
Iraqi Government and Multinational Force commanders continue to consider the levels and dispositions of forces required in Iraq in the months ahead, to support the process leading to the election of a Transitional Assembly and Government early in 2005.
If it is judged that further changes to the UK military contribution in Iraq would be appropriate to support this process, we will of course inform the House at the earliest opportunity. At present, however, no decision has been taken.
Mr. Ingram: As at 31 July 2004 centrally held records show that 46 service personnel who had been deployed on Operation Telic, between 18 January 2003 and 30 June 2004, have subsequently been medically discharged from the Armed Forces either as a result of injuries received or as a result of disease-related causes.
Mr. Ingram: I refer the hon. Member to my written ministerial statement of 27 February 2004, Official Report, column 70WS, and subsequent answers of 5 March 2004, Official Report, column 1155W, to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South (Mr. Hancock), 1 April 2004, Official Report, column 1605W, to the hon. Member for Mid-Norfolk (Mr. Simpson), 5 May 2004, Official Report, column 1527W, to the hon. Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Randall), 15 June 2004, Official Report, column 811W, to the hon. Member for Burnley (Mr. Pike) and 1 September 2004, Official Report, column 713W, to the hon. Member for Batley and Spen (Mr. Wood).
Mr. Wood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of the deployment in Iraq on the ability of the armed forces to assist in UK civil emergencies, with particular reference to the flooding in Cornwall during August. 
Mr. Ingram: No special assessment is necessary. It continues to be the case that, if asked to provide assistance, the Armed Forces would draw on the most appropriate resources available at the time. In the case of the flooding in Cornwall during August, help was provided by Search and Rescue assets permanently based in the South West.
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list his Department's turnover for the (a) Meteorological Office and (b) UK Hydrographic Office for each financial year from 199798 to 200304. 
Mr. Caplin [holding answer 16 September 2004]: Turnover figures for the Meteorological Office and UK Hydrographic Office are included in their Annual Reports and Accounts which are placed in the Libraries of the House and, from 19992000, published on the web sites www.met-office.gov.uk and www.hydro.gov.uk respectively.
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