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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the armed forces rules of engagement in Afghanistan were last reviewed. (284852)

The UK’s Rules of Engagement are reviewed regularly to ensure that they remain effective and compliant with international law.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to deploy in Afghanistan helicopters which are out of service for repair or maintenance work on completion of that work. (287180)

On completion of repair or maintenance work, helicopters are returned to the Forward Fleet where they are used for operational or training purposes.

Those aircraft which are equipped to Theatre Entry Standard are likely to be deployed to Operational Theatres to allow other airframes to return to the UK to undergo regular, programmed servicing and maintenance.

The remaining aircraft in the Forward Fleet are with Front Line Squadrons, primarily for training purposes.