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Iraq: Guidance to Civil Servants and Service Personnel

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: We do not issue a manual of military law to members of the Armed Forces, although legal advisers are embedded within the chain of command for operations. The Civil Service Code is available on the Cabinet Office website (www.cabinet-office.gov.uk). I refer the Noble Lord to the answer I gave on 3 April (Official Report, column WA 148). The Rules of Engagement under which British Armed Forces in Iraq operate fully reflect our obligations under the law of armed conflict to ensure minimum use of force to achieve military objectives. It would be inappropriate to publish the rules of engagement, since to do so could jeopardise operations. I am therefore withholding that information under Exemption 1 (Defence, security and international relations) of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

Iraq: Surrender of Weapons

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: United Kingdom forces have destroyed some caches of weaponry discarded by the Iraqi military. A more systematic process of disarmament, both of civilians and of ex-military personnel, will be a matter for a new Iraqi government, drawing on the expertise of the international community and organisations such as the UN.

Where it is safe for them to do so, UK forces are

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distributing humanitarian aid to the people of Iraq. This will continue until the security situation stabilises sufficiently for the full deployment of civilian aid agencies. Distribution of aid is conducted on the basis of need, not of disarmament.

Army Trained Strength

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the Army trained strength from April 2001 to February 2003.[HL2558]

Lord Bach: A computing coding error has been identified in Army strength figures prepared by the Defence Analytical Services Agency (DASA) since 1 April 2001. From that date a number of untrained soldiers have been recorded against the trained Army strength. As a result Army strength figures previously announced and included in DASA publications have overstated the trained strength of the Army during that period. However, the combined strength of trained and untrained personnel has been correctly reported in all publications. It is the breakdown between trained and untrained strength that is affected by this problem.

As at 1 February 2003, whole Army strength (comprising UK Trained Army Personnel, Gurkhas and Full Time Reserve Service) stood at 101,750. Army recruitment and retention initiatives are producing gains to whole Army strength in line with forecasts. The trend over the past 12 months has been encouraging with Army strength increasing by over 1,300 trained personnel. A table comparing the figures issued in error with the corrected figures follows: lynne

Whole Army Strength (April 2001–February 2003)Previously Published and Corrected Figures

Published FiguresCorrected Figures
1 April 2001UKTAP96,28596,280
GURKHAS3,4473,450
FTRS646650
Total100,380100,380
1 May 2001UKTAP96,08396,060
GURKHAS3,4553,450
FTRS674670
Total100,210100,180
1 June 2001UKTAP96,00395,980
GURKHAS3,4713,470
FTRS695700
Total100,170100,140
1 July 2001UKTAP95,86495,820
GURKHAS3,4853,480
FTRS695700
Total100,040100,000
1 August 2001UKTAP95,86395,780
GURKHAS3,5003,500
FTRS709710
Total100,07099,980
1 September 2001UKTAP96,04995,920
GURKHAS3,5003,500
FTRS755760
Total100,300100,170
1 October 2001UKTAP96,26195,970
GURKHAS3,5283,530
FTRS812810
Total100,600100,310
1 November 2001UKTAP96,25595,900
GURKHAS3,5263,530
FTRS854850
Total100,640100,280
1 December 2001UKTAP96,32096,000
GURKHAS3,5833,580
FTRS901900
Total100,800100,490
1 January 2002UKTAP96,37396,040
GURKHAS3,6223,620
FTRS919920
Total100,910100,580
1 February 2002UKTAP96,44995,980
GURKHAS3,5363,540
FTRS914910
Total100,900100,430
1 March 2002UKTAP96,42895,980
GURKHAS3,4583,460
FTRS919920
Total100,810100,360
1 April 2002UKTAP96,50796,020
GURKHAS3,4493,450
FTRS946950
Total100,900100,420
1 May 2002UKTAP96,88096,330
GURKHAS3,4603,460
FTRS984980
Total101,320100,770
1 June 2002UKTAP97,05096,430
GURKHAS3,4703,470
FTRS988990
Total101,510100,890
1 July 2002UKTAP97,09096,500
GURKHAS3,4703,470
FTRS981980
Total101,540100,960
1 August 2002UKTAP96,97096,360
GURKHAS3,4803,470
FTRS1,0301,030
Total101,480100,860
1 September 2002UKTAP97,16096,590
GURKHAS3,4603,460
FTRS1,0431,040
Total101,660101,100
1 October 2002UKTAP97,48096,780
GURKHAS3,4603,460
FTRS1,0541,050
Total101,990101,290
1 November 2002UKTAP97,54096,880
GURKHAS3,4803,480
FTRS1,0541,060
Total102,070101,420
1 December 2002UKTAP97,63096,840
GURKHAS3,5003,500
FTRS1,0821,080
Total102,220101,420
1 January 2003UKTAP98,18097,200
GURKHAS3,5203,520
FTRS1,1051,110
Total102,800101,820
1 February 2003UKTAP97,220
GURKHAS3,430
FTRS1,100
Total101,750

Rounding to the nearest 10 introduced in May 2002. Due to the rounding methods used totals may not always equal the sum of the parts.


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Middle East

The Earl of Sandwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they expect the road map for the Middle East peace settlement to be published; and when were the last exchanges with the United States Government to expedite the process. [HL2323]

The Minister for Trade (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): The Quartet road map will be published once a new Palestinian Cabinet has been approved by the Palestinian Legislative Committee. We expect this to happen shortly.

My right honourable friends the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary as well as FCO Ministers and officials frequently discuss the roadmap with US colleagues. The Prime Minister and President Bush discussed the road map at Hillsborough on 8 April.The Foreign Secretary also met Secretary of State Powell on the same day.

Iraq: Support for Coalition

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which countries support in some form, whether political or military, the coalition currently engaged in war with Iraq. [HL2356]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: It is for the individual countries concerned to decide if they wish to declare publicly the nature of their involvement.

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is Italy's contribution to the allied coalition in the Iraq conflict. [HL2397]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: It is for the individual countries concerned to decide if they wish to declare publicly the nature of their involvement. lynne

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Gibraltar

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether any discussions have recently taken place between Her Majesty's Government and the Spanish Government about the status of Gibraltar.[HL2371]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: There are frequent discussions between the Government and the Government of Spain on a range of EU and other foreign policy issues. As my right honourable friend the Prime Minister made clear in another place on 27 March (Official Report, Col. 309W), since 1 January there has been no discussion of the issue of sovereignty over Gibraltar.


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