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Armed Forces: Afghanistan

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the maximum number is of members of the armed forces who may be deployed to serve in Afghanistan. (284242)

[holding answer 3 July 2009]: The endorsed force level for UK military operations in Afghanistan is 8,300.

The Prime Minister announced on 29 April 2009, Official Report, column 869, the deployment of additional troops to Afghanistan to provide extra security during the Afghan election period. This has temporarily increased troop numbers in Afghanistan to 9,000.