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Colombia: Armed Forces

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any of the personnel of the 15th Santander Infantry Battalion of the Colombian Army have received British training; and if he will make a statement. (234301)

As I have made clear in previous answers, the Ministry of Defence does not provide training to whole units such as the 15th Santander Infantry Battalion of the Colombian Army. It is possible, however, that individuals trained by the UK in human rights and humanitarian demining have gone on to serve in any part of the Colombian armed forces, including in this battalion.