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Military Exercises

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what involvement the UK has in Exercise Vigilant Shield 08; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the UK of the exercise. (157799)

The UK is not engaged in Exercise Vigilant Shield 08 but is participating in Exercise Global Lightning 08, a related exercise under the aegis of the US Department of Homeland Security's overarching exercise "Top Officials 4". The costs to the UK are estimated at around £5,000 and have been met from existing travel and subsistence budgets.