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Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what quantity of stores and equipment are being locally sourced in Afghanistan; (94871)

(2) where the local purchase team of the Royal Logistics Corps supplying troops in Helmand Province is located.

[holding answer 17 October 2006]: There is no Royal Logistic Corps local purchase team in Helmand Province. Where necessary, local purchases are made by the Civil Secretariat team, which is part of the National Support Element and based in Kandahar.

The Defence Logistics Organisation provides the majority of supplies to troops in theatre. Only a very small quantity of supplies is purchased locally. Articles such as mobile phones are purchased locally on an ad hoc basis. In remote locations troops may also purchase local produce to supplement their ration packs.

Additionally, a weekly souk has been set up at both Kandahar and Camp Bastion, where cleared local market traders sell local products.