British Embassies: Military Attaches

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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The following table shows the number of British embassies and high commissions that have been without a defence attaché/adviser since 2005; the figures include attaché representation to the United Nations HQ in New York.

04-05 05-06 06-07 07-08 08-09 09-10
Total Embassies and High Commissions 150 150 142 143 142 140
Total Defence Sections 84 85 82 81 74 69
Embassies and High Commissions without Military Attaché 66 65 60 62 68 71

In addition to the countries where we have a resident defence attaché/adviser, 73 other countries or overseas territories are covered by non-resident attachés. The MoD keeps the attaché network under review to ensure that the most effective and efficient coverage is provided for UK security interests.

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