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Afghanistan: Drugs

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are being taken by UK forces in the Helmand province of Afghanistan to prevent the cultivation of opium. (147138)

UK military forces deployed under the international security assistance force contribute to the broader counter-narcotics effort by helping to provide the secure environment in which the rule of law can be applied, reconstruction can take place and legal rural livelihoods can be developed. They are also able to provide support to Afghan led counter-narcotics operations, within the scope of the NATO operational plan. They are not there to carry out eradication themselves.