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Armed Forces: Deployment

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British military personnel are deployed in (a) Tajikistan, (b) Uzbekistan, (c) the Kyrgyz Republic and (d) Turkmenistan. (268695)

There are no British military personnel deployed in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, the republic of Kyrgyz or Turkmenistan.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many conventional British military personnel are working in Frontier Corps training schools in Pakistan; and at which schools. (268738)

We are working in partnership with the Pakistani Frontier Corps and Americans under the Security Development Plan to help Pakistan address the security challenges of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. I am withholding further information for security reasons.

However, I can confirm that there are currently 24 UK military personnel based in Pakistan undertaking a variety of roles, including training, liaison and diplomatic duties.

The number of military personnel based in Pakistan varies from time to time. This can be for a variety of reasons, including revised tasking and changes to previous roles.