On 12 February, the General Affairs and External Relations Council of the European Union approved the concept of a European security and defence policy mission to Afghanistan in the field of policing with linkages to the wider rule of law. Discussions are under way in Brussels on the development of a Concept of Operations (CONOPS), which will detail the composition, objectives and cost of the mission. We plan to contribute to the mission but are awaiting the issuance of the CONOPS to determine the exact form and extent of our participation.
I also refer the hon. Member to the replies I gave him on 23 February 2007, Hansard, column 992W.