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Somalia: EU Action

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many RAF (a) C-17 Globemaster, (b) C-130K Hercules, (c) C-130J Hercules, (d) Tristar and (e) VC-10 aircraft will be used for the EU Training Mission for Somalia; (319512)

(2) what recent reports he has received on the (a) military and (b) financial contribution of each EU member state planning to participate in the EU Training Mission for Somalia;

(3) how many British service personnel of each rank in each unit in each service he expects to participate in the EU Training Mission for Somalia;

(4) what NATO assets he expects to be used for the EU Training Mission for Somalia under the (a) 2003 Berlin Plus arrangements and (b) 2002 NATO-EU Declaration on the European Security and Defence Policy;

(5) how much and what proportion of the funding of the EU Training Mission for Somalia his Department plans to contribute; and how much of that funding had been disbursed on 10 February 2010.

The European Union is currently undertaking detailed planning for the proposed EU Training Mission (EUTM) to Somalia and we are discussing appropriate force levels and financial contributions with our European partners. We are currently assessing possible UK contributions. We do not anticipate any UK military aircraft being used in EUTM Somalia nor do we anticipate that the mission will use any wholly owned NATO assets.

The current anticipated costs to the UK, should the mission proceed, are around €0.7million (£0.636 million). This represents our proportion of common costs currently assessed at around 14 per cent. Of this €0.4 million (£0.364 million) had been disbursed by 10 February 2010.