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Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to provide the Government of Colombia with military support, in each of the next three years. (80359)

The Ministry of Defence plans to provide military assistance to Colombia over the next three years at a similar level and in similar areas to the assistance it has provided in the previous three years. The provision of assistance continues to be dependent on our being satisfied that no one receiving UK training is engaged in illegal activities.

Current UK military assistance to Colombia is concerned with British military education, with a strong emphasis on human rights and with training the Colombian armed forces in the disposal of a variety of explosive devices. We are also supporting their process of Military Justice Reform. We have provided some bespoke training to members of the Colombian armed forces engaged in counter-narcotics.