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Military Exercise (Brittany)

Volume 116: debated on Tuesday 12 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence on whose authority military students from Sandhurst were sent on an exercise to Brittany in late March and early April, with an objective in their training exercise to pursue and combat Breton autonomists; and if the object of this exercise was cleared with the French Government beforehand.

Students from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst participate in an annual training exercise authorised by the Ministry of Defence at a training area in Brittany. All exercises involving British forces personnel overseas are cleared in outline in advance with the Government of the host country, but some details of this exercise were inappropriate, and will not be repeated.