Defence written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest assessment is of the level of helicopter support in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

A number of Allies provide helicopters in Afghanistan which UK forces are able to call upon. The original UK force package deployed to southern Afghanistan to support the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) included Apache, Lynx and Chinook helicopters, and was endorsed by the Chiefs of Staff. We have recently sent two additional CH-47 Chinooks to Afghanistan. This capability is kept under constant review.

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