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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 493: debated on Wednesday 3 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are to implement the Afghan Public Protection Programme in Helmand province. (277634)

The Government of Afghanistan, with support from the US, are currently piloting the Afghan Public Protection Programme in Wardak province. This scheme empowers individual communities to take a greater role in providing their own security. There are no plans as yet to run a pilot program in Helmand. Only once the pilot has been vigorously evaluated will any decisions on expansion be taken.