Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond responded to an urgent question asked by Denis MacShane, Labour MP for Rotherham in the House of Commons on 17 September 2012 on the security of UK soldiers in Afghanistan.
Watch and read the urgent question and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard. The urgent question follows a statement in the House of Commons on Afghanistan on 13 September 2012.
Also find current parliamentary material on Afghanistan in the Topics and News sections.
Urgent questions are asked at the end of Question Time. If something has happened, normally a matter of public importance, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to ask an urgent question.
If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked at the end of Question Time.