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Mr S. F. Smith (Minister for Defence), by leave, made a ministerial statement on the Afghanistan transition and presented the following document:

Afghanistan transition—Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith MP, 7 February 2013.

Suspension of standing and sessional orders—Time for speech

Mr S. F. Smith, by leave, moved—That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Robert speaking for a period not exceeding 17 minutes.

Question—put and passed.

Mr Robert addressed the House.