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Afghanistan, Peacekeeping operations

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to the procurement of tank chassis based on those used for heavy armoured personnel carriers. (295209)

We are not currently procuring any new battle tanks. However we are engaged in competitions for the upgrade of the Warrior fighting vehicle and for the procurement of a new Reconnaissance vehicle which will replace CVRT. We hope to have announcements on these two programmes before too long.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the implications for UK security policy in Afghanistan of the report on NATO operations in that country by ISAF Commander General Stanley McChrystal. (295388)

As I told the House on 15 October 2009, Official Report, column 463, we share much of General McChrystal’s thinking. Together with NATO allies and ISAF partners, we are now in the process of assessing the implications of the general’s report.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what leaflet drops UK forces have undertaken in Afghanistan in the last three years; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each such leaflet. (295435)

As of 21 October 2009, UK forces have undertaken 18 Airborne Delivery leaflet drops in Afghanistan over the last three years. Leaflets are distributed in a variety of ways, both by the UK and other coalition nations. I will place examples of leaflets designed by the UK in the Library of the House.