Afghanistan

Defence written question – answered on 30th April 2012.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) Government Ministers, (b) Ministers from devolved Governments, (c) Members of the UK Parliament, (d) Members of the Scottish Parliament, (e) Members of the Northern Irish Legislative Assembly and (f) Assembly Members of the Welsh Assembly have made a visit to Afghanistan organised by his Department since the beginning of Operation Herrick; when each such visit took place; and what the duration of each such visit was.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

holding answer 18 April 2012

Records only exist from October 2009, and may not be comprehensive. The Ministry of Defence is aware of the following visits:

Dates Purpose of visit Names of all Ministers, MPs, MEPs or MHKs in visit group
2009    
3-4 October   Bob Ainsworth MP (Minister)
    Alan Johnson MP (Minister)
     
3-5 December   David Cameron MP
     
7-10 December   Bob Ainsworth MP (Minister)
     
2010    
6-8 January   William Hague MP
    George Osborne MP
     
18-21 January House of Commons Defence Committee James Arbuthnot MP
    Linda Gilroy MP
    Dai Havard MP
    Adam Holloway MP
    Bernard Jenkin MP
    Madeleine Moon MP
    Richard Younger-Ross MP
     
31 January-2 February   Bill Rammell MP (Minister)
    Quentin Davies MP (Minister)
     
15-18 January Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme Earl Shrewsbury (House of Lords)
    Mike Penning MP
    Ian Liddell-Grainger MP
    Frank Cook MP
    Gerald Howarth MP
    Philip Hollobone MP
    James Gray MP
    Andrew George MP
    Martyn Jones MP
     
7-9 March   Bob Ainsworth MP (Minister)
    Douglas Alexander MP (Minister)
     
21-23 May   Dr Liam Fox MP (Minister)
    William Hague MP (Minister)
    Andrew Mitchell MP (Minister)
     
10-11 June   David Cameron MP (Prime Minister)
     
13-15 June   Nick Harvey MP (Minister)
     
6-8 July   Peter Luff MP (Minister)
    Gerald Howarth MP (Minister)
     
18-20 July   William Hague MP (Minister)
    Andrew Mitchell MP (Minister)
     
9-11 August   Dr Liam Fox MP (Minister)
     
25-28 October Foreign Affairs Committee Richard Ottaway MP
    Mike Gapes MP
    Andrew Rosindell MP
    Frank Roy MP
    John Stanley MP
    Rory Stewart MP
    Dave Watts MP
     
27-29 October   Andrew Robathan MP (Minister)
     
13-14 November   Dr Liam Fox MP (Minister)
     
6-8 December   David Cameron MP (Prime Minister)
     
3-6 January   Dr Liam Fox MP (Minister)
    Alistair Burt MP (Minister)
     
2011    
17-20 January House of Commons Defence Committee James Arbuthnot MP
    Dai Havard MP
    Jeffrey Donaldson MP
    John Glen MP
    Madeleine Moon MP
    Penny Mordaunt MP
    Sandra Osborne MP
    Bob Stewart MP
    Gisela Stuart MP
     
27-30 January   Ed Miliband MP
    Douglas Alexander MP
    Jim Murphy MP
     
10-13 February   Gerald Howarth MP (Minister)
     
20-22 February   Nick Harvey MP (Minister)
     
12-15 March   Andrew Mitchell MP (Minister)
     
15-18 March MP and Peer visit Lord Eames
    Lord Maginnis of Drumglass
    Jim Shannon MP
    Bob Russell MP
    Michael Moore MP (Minister)
     
14-17 June   Dr Liam Fox MP (Minister)
     
20-24 June   William Hague MP (Minister)
     
4-7 September   Alistair Burt MP (Minister)
     
29-30 October   Andrew Mitchell MP (Minister)
     
10-12 November   Philip Hammond MP (Minister)
     
18-21 November MP and Peer visit and Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme Stephen Gilbert MP
    Mark Hunter MP
    Julian Huppert MP
    Jo Swinson MP
    Rosie Winterton MP
    Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
    Lord Davies of Stamford
    Lord Gilbert
    Lord Ribeiro
    Giles Chichester MEP
    Oliver Colvile MP
    Caroline Dinenage MP
    Graham Evans MP
    Ashley Fox MEP
    Richard Graham MP
    Andrew Griffiths MP
    Simon Hart MP
    Mark Lancaster MP
    Jessica Lee MP
    Jeremy Lefroy MP
    Karen Lumley MP
    Mark Menzies MP
    Matthew Offord MP
    Mark Pawsey MP
    Jonathan Reynolds MP
    Jim Shannon MP
    Lord Rotherwick
    Emma McClarkin MEP
    Nikki Sinclaire MEP
    Mary Macleod MP
    Chris Kelly MP
     
20 December   David Cameron MP (Prime Minister)
     
2012    
21-24 February   Gerald Howarth MP (Minister)
    Andrew Robathan MP (Minister)
     
28-29 February   Nick Harvey MP (Minister)
    Peter Luff MP (Minister)
    Lord Astor of Hever (Minister)
    Lord Wallace of Saltaire

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