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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the diet provided to troops on active service in Afghanistan. (298958)

The Institute of Naval Medicine is currently assessing ‘end of deployment’ data on the diet experienced by personnel who were deployed to forward operating bases and patrol bases in Afghanistan.

This data collection is one element of the surgeon general’s armed forces feeding project to provide an evidence base in support of UK armed forces feeding in training, in unit and during overseas operations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the use of Snatch Land Rovers in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. (299044)

The use by our armed forces in Afghanistan of all equipment types is kept under constant review to ensure that they continue to meet operational requirements. This includes the use of Snatch vehicles. Operational commanders have repeatedly stressed the importance of having a range of vehicles from which they can select the most appropriate for specific tasks. This includes a lighter, smaller and more agile patrol vehicle, such as the Snatch 2A and Snatch Vixen Land Rover. But to ensure that our personnel have the best possible protection, a strengthened variant of the vehicle, Snatch Vixen-Plus, is being procured for delivery to Afghanistan next year. This will be followed shortly thereafter by the new lighter protected patrol vehicle.