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Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 24 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make ex-gratia payments to the families of those Afghan civilians shot in Kandahar in early December 2003. (113352)

[holding answer 8 January 2007]: We have no plans to make ex-gratia payments in connection with the incident on 3 December 2006 in Kandahar, when an International Security Assistance Force convoy came under attack from a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. We have conducted a full investigation into the incident which concluded that the British forces involved acted properly and within their rules of engagement.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan also produced a report on the incident, which includes a number of recommendations relating to future incidents of this kind. We have measures in place to address some of these recommendations. Members of the UK Task Force have also met with members of the Government of Afghanistan to review how current practices can be improved.