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Exercise "Welsh Falcon"

Volume 23: debated on Tuesday 4 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish in the Official Report details of the total cost of exercise "Welsh Falcon", its duration and geographical spread, the number and types of aircraft, tanks, and other military vehicles involved, the number and types of Service persons engaged in the exercise and a list of British and international media organisations invited to observe the exercise; and whether they were entertained at his Department's expense.

Exercise "Welsh Falcon" was mounted at short notice and the final details of the costs are not yet known. The exercise took place on the regular training area of Spennybridge and was mounted to bring 5 Infantry Brigade up to operational standard for deployment in their out-of-area role. The numbers and types of equipment and personnel were commensurate with such a level of training. Invitations to the exercise were issued to local, national and international press. The only expense to the Ministry of Defence for entertainment of the press was the use of a coach to transport the representatives around the area.