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Saudi Arabia

Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the continued deployment of British forces to Saudi Arabia; and if he will make a statement. [113954]

I refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence's two written ministerial statements on Iraq Force Level Adjustments of I1 April 2003, Official Report, columns 38–39WS, and of 30 April 2003, Official Report, columns 15–16WS, in which he made clear that the precise level of the continuing United Kingdom presence needed in the Gulf region is the subject of an on-going dynamic planning process.We will continue to inform the House of any firm decisions on the level of UK military presence required in the region.