Defence written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of George Galloway George Galloway Respect, Bradford West

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what preparations his Department has made for war with Iran; and what estimate he has made of the likely cost in (a) personnel and (b) materiel.

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

We are not advocating military action against Iran. We continue to believe that the dual-track process of pressure and engagement led by the E3+3, comprising the UK, US, France, Germany, China and Russia, offers the best hope of resolving international concerns about Iran's nuclear programme.

However, we do not believe it is sensible to rule out any option; we have therefore made it clear that all options remain on the table. Parliamentarians backed the Government's approach in a vote in the House of Commons on 20 February 2012, with a majority of 285.

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