Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 12:54 pm on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Conservative, New Forest East 12:54 pm, 9th February 2012

Unless western forces retain some strategic reserves in one or more strategic bases in Afghanistan after the end of 2014, the highly optimistic portrait that my right hon. Friend has painted will not long survive that date. Will he confirm that America, regardless of pre-election statements, is actively considering retaining some form of significant military presence in one or more strategic bases in Afghanistan?