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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 14th March 2005.

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Photo of Professor Ross Cranston Professor Ross Cranston Labour, Dudley North 2:30 pm, 14th March 2005

In relation to Question 4, my right hon. Friend heard from both sides of the House that it is vital that the UK and NATO play an essential part in stabilising Afghanistan. The Department is good at responding to correspondence, but it is disturbing that the Afghanistan entry on the MOD website has not been updated since 2002. Can he give an absolute assurance that the Department fully supports stages 2 and 3 of the international security assistance force expansion and can he give some specific details?