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Foreign Military Units

Volume 406: debated on Friday 23 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many foreign military units have visited the UK and overseas territories since 2001; what the purpose of their visits was; what joint training was undertaken; and if he will make a statement on the value of (a) small and (b) large scale interaction between British and foreign militaries. [115160]

During the period 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2003, 8,037 overseas military personnel from 115 countries visited the United Kingdom to undertake training at UK military establishments. This serves a range of specific purposes in pursuit of British interests, linked to various Memoranda of Understanding. More generally, however, it has helped to foster good relations between the UK military and many Foreign and Commonwealth armed forces and has assisted in achieving a higher degree of interoperability and influence than may otherwise have been possible. The principal objective of this activity is to use British Defence assets in peacetime to discourage hostility abroad, build and maintain trust between states, and assist in the development of democratically accountable armed forces; thereby helping to make a significant contribution to conflict prevention and resolution. A full breakdown of the numbers trained by country is set out in the following tables.

April 2001 to 31 March 2002
CountryTotal
Albania13
Algeria2
Argentina11
Australia106
Austria11
Bahamas2
Bahrain29
Bangladesh3
Barbados1
Belgium86
Belize30
Bermuda14
Bosnia1
Botswana13
Brazil15
Brunei183
Bulgaria11
Canada358
Chile7
China41
Croatia9
Czech Republic30
Denmark34
Egypt20
El Salvador1
Estonia5
Fiji2
Finland12
France51
Gambia1
Georgia7
Germany122
Ghana8
1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002
CountryTotal
Greece48
Guatemala4
Guyana6
Hong Kong3
Hungary30
Iceland1
India18
Ireland108
Israel14
Italy164
Jamaica33
Japan8
Jordan91
Kazakhstan3
Kenya10
Korea10
Kuwait313
Kyrghistan1
Latvia17
Lebanon2
Lithuania13
Luxembourg1
Macedonia8
Malawi5
Malaysia18
Malta2
Moldova8
Morocco5
Mozambique5
NATO21
Nepal34
Netherlands259
New Zealand39
Nigeria32
Norway202
Oman185
Pakistan53
Papua New Guinea3
Paraguay3
Peru1
Philippines10
Poland25
Portugal39
Qatar66
Romania17
Russia11
Rwanda1
Saudi Arabia56
Senegal15
Sierra Leone23
Singapore125
Slovakia21
Slovenia8
South Africa18
South Korea1
Spain26
Sri Lanka7
St. Vincent2
Swaziland1
Sweden25
Switzerland11
Syria1
Tanzania9
Thailand29
Tonga5
Trinidad & Tobago6
Turkey73
Uganda2
Ukraine38
UAE109
1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002
CountryTotal
Uruguay5
USA131
Yemen7
Yugoslavia (FRY)3
Total3,946
1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003
CountryTotal
Albania7
Angola2
Antigua & Barbuda2
Argentina6
Armenia2
Australia106
Austria53
Azerbaijan2
Bahamas6
Bahrain35
Bangladesh147
Barbados4
Belgium85
Belize27
Bermuda19
Bosnia1
Botswana9
Brazil7
Brunei175
Bulgaria13
Canada203
Chile60
China34
Colombia1
Croatia5
Czech Republic62
Denmark30
Egypt17
Estonia10
Ethiopia1
Fiji2
Finland11
France76
Georgia6
Germany100
Ghana15
Greece51
Grenada1
Guatemala5
Guyana9
Honduras4
Hong Kong Police1
Hungary26
India14
Indonesia1
Ireland56
Israel4
Italy71
Jamaica34
Japan5
Jordan107
Kazakhstan1
Kenya26
Korea6
Kosovo36
Kuwait354
Kyrgystan2
Latvia16
Lithuania13
Luxembourg2
Macedonia12
Malawi21
1 April 2002 to 31 March 2003
CountryTotal
Malaysia62
Malta2
Mauritania2
Mauritius5
Mexico4
Moldova2
Morocco2
Mozambique2
Namibia2
Nepal44
Netherlands241
New Zealand32
Nigeria30
Norway210
Oman188
Pakistan57
Papua New Guinea1
Paraguay3
Peru2
Philippines10
Poland14
Portugal84
Qatar75
Romania20
Russia21
Rwanda1
Saudi Arabia83
Senegal7
Sierra Leone11
Singapore97
Slovakia29
Slovenia4
South Africa24
Spain15
Sri Lanka1
St. Vincent1
Sweden37
Switzerland16
Syria2
Tanzania7
Thailand33
Tonga1
Trinidad & Tobago27
Turkey38
Uganda4
Ukraine23
United Arab Emirates114
Uruguay1
USA179
Uzbekistan2
Vietnam2
Yemen13
Total4,091