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Bermuda: Armed Forces

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent inspection of the Royal Bermuda Regiment has been conducted to ensure that deficiencies identified in the report submitted in November 2005 following the inspection conducted by Colonel Baxter have been remedied and his recommendations implemented; and if he will make a statement. (155804)

Colonel Fairclough, Assistant Military Attache at our embassy in Washington, assessed the Bermuda Regiment's capability in November 2006. Good progress has been made on implementing recommendations from Colonel Baxter with regard to training and in particular on improved training for junior commanders. In terms of equipment replacement—namely vehicles, communications, weapons and boats—bids for funding have been submitted to the Bermuda government and are to be addressed over a five-year period.