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Afghanistan

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the internal and external threats to the military security of Afghanistan. (296699)

I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave earlier to the hon. Members for Hammersmith and Fulham (Mr. Hands) and Kettering (Mr. Hollobone).

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the internal and external threats to the military security of Afghanistan. (296700)

I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave earlier to the hon. Members for Hammersmith and Fulham (Mr. Hands), Kettering (Mr. Hollobone) and Leominster (Bill Wiggin).

21. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of the Royal Air Force to UK military operations in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. (296702)

The RAF makes a vital contribution to operations in Afghanistan. Our aircraft perform a number of roles such as: close air support; reconnaissance and surveillance; providing support to land operations; and re-supplying front line troops. In particular, Chinook and Hercules aircraft provide an invaluable aeromedical service with rapid transfer to specialist care facilities in Afghanistan. As part of the airbridge, C17 and Tristar aircraft provide a consistent and reliable service moving large numbers of personnel into sometimes hostile environments under difficult conditions and medically evacuating injured service personnel back to the UK. Many RAF personnel also fulfil a range of roles on the ground, including force protection around Kandahar airfield and Camp Bastion.