Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

Defence written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether mine clearing vehicles (a) are and (b) are planned to be in use in Afghanistan.

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

During war-fighting operations, minefields are not cleared but are breached in circumstances where they are an obstacle to the freedom of manoeuvre of our armed forces or present a potential threat to our troops. Comprehensive mine clearance is generally undertaken by humanitarian organisations on non-war-fighting operations, rather than by the armed forces. As the armed forces are not involved in clearance, there is no requirement for mine clearing vehicles in Afghanistan. The UK Task Force does, however, have a specific Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Task Force, which includes vehicles than can convey the EOD team to a mine incident.

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