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Armed Forces: South Africa

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency plans his Department has put in place to manage service personnel who are South African if the South African Prohibition of Mercenary Activities and Regulation of Certain Activities in Areas of Armed Conflict Bill is enacted. (135422)

We are urgently investigating the potential consequences for South African personnel currently serving in the UK armed forces, should the legislation be enacted, so that we can support those who may be affected.

Active engagement with the South African Department of Defence is ongoing to try and mitigate the effect of the Bill on the armed forces.