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Exercise Brave Defender

Volume 79: debated on Monday 20 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence who in his Department or in the armed forces is responsible for liaising with police forces concerning their involvement in Exercise Brave Defender.

Liaison with individual police forces is the responsibility of the appropriate army district commander and his staff.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if members of the United States National Guard will be participating in Exercise Brave Defender.

The position currently remains as stated in my answer to the hon. Member on 25 February 1985 — column 83. I understand, however, that some consideration is being given by the United States authorities to participation of elements of the United States air, but not army, national guard. Should participation by these elements be agreed, I will write to the hon. Member.