Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Defence written question – answered on 26th January 2010.

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Photo of Keith Simpson Keith Simpson Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement of 30 November 2009, Official Report, columns 831-36, on Afghanistan and Pakistan, on what date it was agreed with the Afghan government that the 600 Afghan soldiers would be deployed to Helmand;

(2) pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement of 30 November 2009, Official Report, columns 831-36, on Afghanistan and Pakistan, on what date it was agreed with the Afghan government that the further 10 Afghan companies would be deployed to Helmand;

(3) when he plans to answer question 304940, on the deployment of 10 Afghan companies in Helmand province tabled on 2 December 2009;

(4) when he plans to answer question 304938 on the deployment of 600 Afghan soldiers in Helmand province tabled on 2 December 2009.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Secretary of State for Defence

I am sorry for the delay in answering these questions.

On 13 October 2009, the Prime Minister received assurances from President Karzai that Afghan troops would be trained to fight alongside UK forces in Helmand, 14 October 2009, Hansard, column 301. Between then and his statement to the House on 30 November 2009, Hansard, columns 831-36, the Prime Minister also discussed the developing situation with President Karzai on a number of occasions.

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