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PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

02 Jun 11. ORAL EVIDENCE: STRATEGIC DEFENCE & SECURITY REVIEW (SDSR)
AND THE NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY (NSS).
Wednesday 8 June 2011
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (room subject to change)
Witnesses:
At 2.30 pm
* Vice Admiral (rtd) Sir Jeremy Blackham KCB, former Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Equipment Capability)
* Professor Julian Lindley-French, Defence Academy of the Netherlands
* Wing Commander (rtd) Andrew Brookes, Director, The Air League

06 Jun 11. Defence Committee, Select Committee ORAL EVIDENCE: The Military Covenant in action? Part 1: military casualties
Wednesday 15 June 2011
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (room subject to change)
Witness:
At 2.30 pm
* Professor Simon Wessely, Kings College, London

House of Lords Written Answers for 06 June 2011

Question

Asked by Lord Kennedy of Southwark

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve the way in which the United Kingdom deals with improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan.[HL9257]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Astor of Hever): Success in Afghanistan is the highest priority in defence and countering the improvised explosive device (IED) threat is critical to making military progress in the campaign. We are completely focused on taking action to defeat this threat. We have deployed a counter-IED (C-IED) task force with the capability to detect, disable and exploit these devices and prevent them being laid. All troops receive comprehensive C-IED-specific training before they deploy to Afghanistan. A range of technologically advanced equipment is in service to counter the threat, including protected vehicles, remote control vehicles, ground surveillance, detectors and body armour. Enhancements to other critical capabilities-including military working dog capability-are being introduced. In addition, unmanned aircraft system capability has been significantly enhanced, and will be enhanced further, providing real time intelligence to track and target those who manufacture and plant IEDs. The range of C-IED skills, equipment, training and other capabilities employed by our Armed Forces in Afghanistan are widely recognised as being better than ever before; they are improving the safety of our forces-always our first concern-and improving their operational effectiveness. We will continue to invest in this area.

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