HC Deb 09 June 2004 vol 422 c417W
Mr. George Osborne

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether UK forces in Afghanistan have been given the authority to kill Osama bin Laden. [176827]

Mr. Hoon

The Rules of Engagement for United Kingdom forces in Afghanistan ensure that they remain within international law, which requires that the use of force is limited to that which is necessary and proportionate, depending on the circumstances in which they find themselves.