§ Mr. McDonnell
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what talks have taken place between British Military personnel and the Chief of Staff of the Gambian armed forces in recent months; and what was the purpose of the talks. 
§ Mr. Doug Henderson
Two British military officers visited Gambia in May this year. The purpose of the visit was primarily fact finding, but also to make contact with the Gambian military. During the visit the British officers paid a call on the Chief of Staff of the Gambian armed forces, Colonel Jatta. Discussions covered regional peacekeeping matters.