Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 12:59 pm on 27th November 2014.

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Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Secretary of State for Defence 12:59 pm, 27th November 2014

If I may, I will write to the hon. Gentleman on the details of the subsidy that is made available to farmers. We should be frank about this, however, and he is right to draw attention to the challenge posed by the poppy crop. It has increased—let us make no bones about that—and it presents a threat not just to the future of Afghanistan but to the west as well, where these drugs eventually get through. So it is a challenge that the new Government have to surmount, and in doing so they are going to need all the assistance and expertise that other countries can offer.