HL Deb 01 July 1997 vol 581 c25WA
Lord Rea

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether British military personnel have been involved in training activities with the Turkish armed forces, either in Britain or in Turkey; and if so, how many British personnel have been involved, what form did the training take, and whether it is still continuing.

Lord Gilbert

Training has been provided in the UK to members of the Turkish armed forces, as is normal practice between NATO nations. It has been practice in the past not to release details of military assistance provided to other countries on the grounds that this information is confidential between governments and disclosure would risk damaging our international relations. This practice is now being reviewed. I will write to my noble friend once the review is complete.