Defence written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are to send more helicopters to support troops in Helmand province.

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

Following the Secretary of State for Defence's announcement on 24 July 2006, Hansard, columns 74-76WS, we have sent two additional CH-47 Chinooks to Afghanistan, making a total of eight, and increased the number of flying hours. The force package is endorsed by the chiefs of staff and kept under regular review.

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