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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to instigate quarterly reports to Parliament of (a) UK strategy and objectives in Afghanistan and (b) UK performance against those objectives. (256063)

The Government have no plans to establish a system of quarterly reports to Parliament on UK strategy and performance in Afghanistan. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister set out the UK’s long-term and comprehensive framework for security, political, social and economic development for Afghanistan on 12 December 2007. Ministers will continue to provide frequent reports to the House on UK policy in Afghanistan and progress in pursuit of our objectives.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date the 2008 periodic review of British strategy in Afghanistan was completed. (256067)

An internal stock-take of progress in Afghanistan in the 12 months to November 2008 was completed in December 2008. During the Queen’s Speech debate on 3 December 2008, Official Report, column 28, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister noted that the Government were conducting a review of Afghanistan policy. That review is ongoing, drawing on the findings of the stock take and discussions with partners. The implications and findings of the review will be communicated to Parliament.