To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Prime Minister’s oral contribution on 8 July 2021, Official Report, column 1107, what the evidential basis was for the statement that there was no military path to victory for the Taliban.
This is a holding answer. It may be superseded/updated at a future date.
14 September 2021
The Ministry of Defence has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.