Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a statement in the House of Commons on Wednesday 6 July on Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister announced that UK military personnel serving in Afghanistan will reduce from 9,500 to 9,000 by the end of 2012. The follows from his recent visit to Afghanistan.
The Leader of the Opposition, Edward Miliband, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition. Watch and read the statement and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.
House of Commons Library analysis
The House of Commons Library regularly produce briefing papers which inform MPs about key issues. The Library has produced briefing papers on military and political developments in Afghanistan.
Oral statements are made after Question Time (or at 11am on a Friday). Statements normally relate to matters of policy or government actions. At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.
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