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Cambrian Patrol

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will put in place measures to commemorate the 50th anniversary in 2009 of the first training exercise now known as the Ex Cambrian Patrol; (162149)

(2) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Ex Cambrian Patrol Army training programme for (a) British participants and (b) participants from overseas countries; and if he will make a statement;

(3) if he will ensure that sufficient resources are made available to enable the Ex Cambrian Patrol Army training event to take place in 2008.

Exercise Cambrian Patrol is normally run each year in mid Wales and is based on a long-range patrol within a realistic tactical scenario. It tests military skills, with a focus on leadership, teamwork, physical fitness and achieving the mission. It attracts considerable interest and participation from both the UK and other nations, who regard it as a valuable training opportunity.

We recognise that participation in competitions is important to members of the armed forces. Based on current plans, Cambrian Patrol will not take place in 2008, although similarly challenging training opportunities will be available.

There are currently no plans to hold any commemorative events to mark the 50th anniversary of the exercise which is scheduled to take place in 2009.