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Volume 403: debated on Monday 7 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Government's policy is on the possibility of NATO taking over operations of the ISAF in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. [107119]

We fully support the decision by Germany and the Netherlands to benefit from NATO assistance in their leadership of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). We are examining with our NATO partners what scope there may be for the Alliance to widen its involvement with the ISAF.