HC Deb 01 March 1978 vol 945 cc261-2W
Mr. Newens

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will indicate any countries in which British nationals are known to have accepted engagements as mercenary soldiers which are still current; and if he will estimate the numbers involved in each case.

Mr. Rowlands

British nationals who enlist in foreign armed forces are not under an obligation to inform the British Government that they have done so and we have no reliable means of knowing where such persons are serving nor how many they are.

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