Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond made a statement in the House of Commons on Wednesday 19 December on the quarterly review of progress in Afghanistan since September 2012
Shadow Secretary of Defence, Jim Murphy, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
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