Defence written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what additional nuclear biological and chemical warfare training soldiers received in the immediate build-up to Operation Telic.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

All soldiers deploying on Operation Telic were, and remain, mandated to have completed individual training that prepares them for surviving and lighting in a nuclear, biological or chemical environment. They also received a familiarisation briefing immediately prior to deployment on Collective Protection, which focused on how to operate within such an environment.

In addition, Unit Commanders attended a Nuclear Biological and Chemical Defence Cadre, focussing on the threat and possible countermeasures, the lessons of which were then cascaded down to their soldiers.

Building on this foundation of individual training, units reinforced this preparation both before and during deployment.

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