Session 2006-07, 31 January 2007
Announcement of Inquiry
Announcement of Inquiry
DEFENCE COMMITTEE TO INQUIRE INTO THE UK
DEPLOYMENT TO AFGHANISTAN
The House of Commons Defence Committee has today launched its second-stage inquiry into the UK deployment to Afghanistan.
This inquiry will assess progress against the objectives of the deployment and examine further some of the issues identified in the Committee’s first report, “the UK deployment to Afghanistan”, published in April 2006.
The UK-led Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), which has led NATO’s mission to Afghanistan since May 2006, will hand over command in February 2007. Under the ARRC’s leadership, NATO’s mission has been extended across the whole of Afghanistan. The inquiry will examine progress made in assisting the Afghanistan Government’s programme to bring stability, security and development to Afghanistan and whether NATO partners have provided sufficient resources, both personnel and equipment, to the mission.
UK forces deployed to Helmand Province in the summer of 2006 have, on occasion, met with stiff resistance. The inquiry will examine the current and long-term threat posed to security n Helmand. The Committee will also consider the effectiveness of the anti-narcotic policy and development work in Helmand province.
The Committee will consider whether UK forces in Helmand have sufficient equipment such as helicopters, air transport and armoured vehicles at their disposal.
The Committee would welcome written evidence on these matters. This should be sent by Friday 30 March 2007.
The Committee plans to hold an opening oral evidence session with the Minister for the Armed Forces, Rt Hon Adam Ingram MP and MoD officials on Tuesday 27 February 2007. Further evidence sessions an witnesses will be announced in due course.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
1. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP (Chairman), Mr David S Borrow MP, Mr David Crausby MP, Linda Gilroy MP, Mr David Hamilton MP, Mr Mike Hancock MP, Mr Dai Havard MP, Mr Adam Holloway MP, Mr Bernard Jenkin MP, Mr Brian Jenkins MP, Mr Kevan Jones MP, Robert Key MP, Willie Rennie MP, John Smith MP
2. News Release: No. 18
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