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Armed Forces: Friendly Fire

Volume 690: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they have made to the Government of the United States regarding necessary standards of military training in order to avoid further United Kingdom Armed Forces deaths and injuries from friendly fire incidents. [HL2487]

We have frequent exchanges on military channels concerning defence-related issues, including training, better collaboration on the ground and reducing friendly fire incidents. We have made regular representations to the US to encourage closer co-operation with UK inquests into deaths of British citizens in friendly fire incidents where there may have been US involvement, most recently on 8 March 2007.