Coalition Against International Terrorism

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:39 pm on 1st November 2001.

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Photo of Bernard Jenkin Bernard Jenkin Shadow Secretary of State for Defence 1:39 pm, 1st November 2001

I will give way to the right hon. Gentleman in a moment. If the alliance adopts that as its first and principal aim, I can assure the Secretary of State that the Government will have our fullest support. It is hard to see how al-Qaeda can be tackled effectively and bin Laden driven from his hiding places, or how we can begin to resolve the mounting humanitarian crisis, unless we remove the main obstacle to all those things, which is the Taliban. When I wrote those words, I did so with the thought that the Government's objective was to remove the Taliban. I still think that that probably should be the objective. We will support the Government in the use of whatever conventional military force is necessary to achieve that aim.