§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what UK forces took part in the NATO Peace Shield 2000 exercise; how many personnel were involved; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Spellar
The UK participated in NATO exercise Peace Shield 2000 by sending two Reservist officers: one a member of the Education and Training Support branch of the Adjutant General Corps, and a Captain in the Intelligence Corps. Both officers operated in the brigade headquarters, in the logistics and the intelligence and operations divisions respectively. Both are high-grade linguists and were widely used as interpreters. Approximately 2,000 personnel from 21 nations took part.