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Falkland Islands

Defence written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have visited or contacted their counterpart in (i) the Falkland Islands and (ii) countries of South America since May 2010.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Between May 2010 and 1 June 2011, the following visits to South America and the Falkland Islands were undertaken by Ministers and officials from the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

The Minister for International Security Strategy (Mr Howarth) visited Brazil in September 2010 and in April 2011.

The Chief of the Navy Staff visited Chile in September 2010.

The Chief of the Air Staff visited Brazil in March 2011.

The Commander in Chief Air Command visited Chile and the Falkland Islands in March 2011.

In addition to these visits, there is constant formal and informal contact between MOD officials at all levels with their South American counterparts. Details of this contact is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Routine contacts between the United Kingdom and South American nations are conducted through the United Kingdom Defence Attaché posts in Argentina (with non-resident accreditation to Uruguay), Brazil, Chile and Colombia (with non-resident accreditation to Peru). Moreover, regular contact is undertaken with the Defence Attaches from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela who are based in London.

There is, of course, constant communication between the Falkland Islands Government and the staff of Headquarters British Forces South Atlantic Islands which is based at Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands.

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