HC Deb 11 June 1997 vol 295 cc483-4W
Mr. Hancock

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military personnel are currently on attached duties with foreign military forces; and which countries are involved. [2394]

Dr. John Reid

As a country with significant overseas interests and global responsibilities, the UK provides support and assistance, to a wide variety of Organisations and foreign Armed forces. The numbers vary from time to time. However according to available records, on 1 June this year there were 749 UK Service personnel on attached duties with the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Antigua
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Belgium
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Baltic States
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Malaysia
  • Monserrat
  • Namibia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Oman
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Ukraine
  • United States
  • Zimbabwe

In addition there were 1,883 UK Service personnel attached to NATO Headquarters and Agencies in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal and Turkey. There were also 7 Service personnel attached to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, 6 attached to the WEU Headquarters in Belgium, and 4 attached to the Five Power Defence Arrangements Integrated Air Defence System Headquarters in Malaysia.

The above figures do no include UK Service personnel who are deployed overseas but are not attached to foreign military forces, for example Service personnel working in our Embassies, UK forces deployed on UN operations, or our forces deployed on coalition operations in the Gulf or in Former Yugoslavia.