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India: Defence

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on (a) joint military training and (b) co-production of defence equipment since the joint declaration with India on 20 September 2004. (212194)

There has been a significant increase in the breadth and depth of defence co-operation between UK and India since the Joint Declaration of 2004, and combined military training involving all three Services is an important dimension of our security relationship.

The UK also has a strong commitment to partnering with India in the field of defence equipment production. We are well placed to support India's efforts to develop a sustainable defence manufacturing sector that produces a positive contribution to the economies of both UK and India.

The growing relationship is underpinned by a regular dialogue between our respective Defence Ministries at the highest level that provides for the exchange of ideas, the sharing of experience as well as a forum for the resolution of any problems.