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Armed Forces: Training

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 13 May 2008, Official Report, column 1519W, on armed forces: training, how many of the eight Fighting in Built-up Areas facilities have been specifically designed to replicate Afghan villages. (207110)

Copehill Down, Wiltshire was extended in 2005 to simulate an Iraqi urban area for units to train prior to deployment in the Middle East.

However, there are, at present, no equivalent facilities on the defence estate specifically designed to replicate Afghan villages. Plans exist for “Middle East” style compounds/hamlets to be constructed in the future, but no timeframes are as yet available.