Part of Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 11 February 2009.

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Photo of Andy Reed Andy Reed Labour, Loughborough 11:30, 11 February 2009

Would my hon. Friend tell the House what steps he is taking to ensure that there is co-ordination between his Department and the Ministry of Defence to provide the level of security to which he referred? Is he clear, as others may well not be, on the role of the UK in Afghanistan, and on any exit plans it has, in the light of some discussions this week that suggest that we could be there for years while making little progress?