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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 Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence 2:30 pm, 14th March 2005

I am sorry that the website has not been updated and I shall look into that. I confirm that we are very supportive of stage 2 expansion and are providing significant assistance. We plan to assist a Lithuanian reconnaissance mission to Chaghcharan and our Harriers are also available to support NATO in the west. We have no further plans to participate in stage 2, because our commitments lie in the north, but our aspiration is to move the focus of UK forces from the north to the south and to play a key role in ISAF stage 3. Other NATO allies plan to take over our provincial reconstruction teams in the north. There is a coherent NATO and ISAF programme as we begin to increase our presence across wider regions of Afghanistan.