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Afghanistan

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) journalists, (b) television crews, (c) other civilians, (d) officials from his Department and (e) other non-military personnel have visited British troops in Helmand province in each of the last five years; and what (i) assistance and (ii) facilities his Department has provided for them. (299486)

Between November 2006 and November 2009 the MOD has facilitated 354 media visits to Afghanistan, including to Helmand province. The composition of each group varies and records are not held centrally. I will write shortly to the hon. Member on non media visits.

The MOD provides transport, accommodation, dining and security support to these visits, using facilities already available in theatre.

Information on media visits to Afghanistan prior to November 2006 is not available centrally.