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Afghanistan: Call-out

Volume 705: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Defence (Bob Ainsworth) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

With the expiry of the call-out order made in November 2007, a new order has been made under Section 54 of the Reserve Forces Act 1996 to enable reservists to continue to be called out into service to support operations in Afghanistan.  The new order is effective until 10 November 2009.  Reservists continue to make a valuable contribution to operations in that country and some 670 reservists are currently called out in support of the operation.