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Military Exercises

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of his Department's planned military training exercises were cancelled before they took place in each of the last five years. (314177)

Success in Afghanistan is our main effort, and will remain our principal commitment for as long as it takes. Our approach at this time must be and is Afghanistan first. All exercises that better prepare our forces for operations in Afghanistan will continue but those that are considered not to directly support our effort, have limited training value to support our effort, or where the planned objectives for that exercises can be achieved elsewhere have been cancelled.

The proportion of MOD exercises cancelled in the last five full financial years is in the following table

Scheduled training events

Cancelled events

Percentage

Conducted

2008-09

542

80

14.7

462

2007-08

722

76

10.5

646

2006-07

680

64

9.4

616

2005-06

533

58

10.8

475

2004-05

379

79

20.8

300