UK Forces (Iraq)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:16 pm on 21st October 2004.

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Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence 1:16 pm, 21st October 2004

My right hon. Friend and I worked closely together on Iraq and have discussed on many occasions the organisation of our armed forces. He knows full well that in any force there are front-line combat forces and support forces. That was my point, which is self-evident, as I am sure he would accept. Inevitably, a certain proportion of the US forces deployed in Iraq will be front-line combat forces, and a smaller proportion still will be armoured capable. That is why this particular deployment is necessary.