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Iraq: Visits Abroad

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions in the last year he has visited (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan. (242818)

Since taking up post as Secretary of State for Defence on 3 October 2008, I have visited both Iraq and Afghanistan once, between 18 and 23 October. My predecessor made a number of visits to both countries as detailed in the table:

Operational visits to Iraq and Afghanistan

Date of visit

Afghanistan

7 to 10 December 2007

Iraq

10 to 14 March 2008

Iraq

22 to 23 May 2008

Afghanistan

24 to 25 May 2008

Afghanistan

6 to 8 August 2008