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Christmas plans in place for serving personnel

UK troops serving in Afghanistan will be treated to a traditional Christmas lunch during the festive period, Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey has announced.

He told MPs during defence questions on 19 December 2011 that where the security situation allows, troops and support staff will be served an English breakfast, a traditional turkey lunch with trimmings and a buffet supper.

The Scots Band will tour UK bases and there will be a carol concert in Camp Bastion, with a "variety of arrangements" in place for those elsewhere.

Mr Harvey said Christmas decorations had already been delivered to Camp Bastion and boxes of "welfare and morale boosting goods" had arrived from charity uk4u in addition to what was being provided by the Ministry of Defence.

The minister was responding to a question from Conservative MP Amber Rudd on what food and entertainment would be provided for service personnel on operations over Christmas.

Ms Rudd urged the minister to ensure that extra effort would be made to reach troops out on patrol bases, as well as those in Camp Bastion.

Mr Harvey gave her that assurance, adding that special Christmas packages were going out to forward operating bases and patrol bases.

"In most cases there is a chef on site and there are proper catering facilities to ensure a Christmas lunch.

"There will be a small number of people in very remote locations where that will not be not possible but even for those cases special provisions are being made," he added.

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