In the past two months, eight multi-national force soldiers and six coalition members have been killed by terrorists in Basra province, ... This terrorism must be stopped.

I'm delighted that the two British soldiers are back with British forces and are in good health.

From an early stage I had good reason to believe the lives of the two soldiers were at risk.

An operation was then mounted to rescue them from a house in Basra.

Minor damage was caused to the prison compound wall and to the house in which our two soldiers were held.

From an early stage, I had good reason to believe that the lives of the soldiers were at risk and troops were sent to the area of Basra near the police station to help ensure their safety by providing a cordon.