Libya

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 23rd January 2015.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2015 to Question 219665, how many (a) members of the Libyan General Purpose Force, (b) members of the UK training team and (c) Libyan trainees took part in each of the visits listed; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The numbers of training and cultural visits undertaken while the Libyan General Purpose Force (GPF) were training at Bassingbourn is shown in the table below.

Records of visits to a local supermarket were not kept in this format but from 15 August 2014 between 80 and 90 GPF personnel, in groups of around 10 in number were allowed local weekly shopping trips escorted by two members of the UK training team.

Shopping trips to Cambridge were a less regular occurrence and took place between exercises. An estimated 80% of GPF personnel visited Cambridge accompanied by UK training team members on a ratio of 10 to one.

Type of visit/venue

Date

Number of attending GPF personnel

Number of accompanying UK trainers

Exercise

Stanford Training Area (Norfolk)

7 August 2014

95

18

10 August 2014

31

6

11 August 2014

82

12

14 August 2014

83

12

27-31 October 2014

63

18

Salisbury Plain Training Area (Salisbury)

10 August 2014

113

18

11 August 2014

163

18

14 August 2014

166

18

Lydd Ranges (Kent)

2-9 October 2014

238

55

Longmore Training Camp

20-24 October 2014

239

55

Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (Camberley)

16 September 2014

16

10

Cultural/Historical

Houses of Parliament

04 July 2014

*40

10

11 July 2014

*40

10

18 July 2014

*40

10

Guards Museum

15 July 2014

*30

10

20 July 2014

*30

10

29 July 2014

*30

10

Household Cavalry Museum

15 July 2014

*30

10

20 July 2014

*30

10

29 July 2014

*30

10

Downing St

04 July 2014

*40

10

11 July 2014

*40

10

18 July 2014

*40

10

Wellington Barracks

15 July 2014

*30

10

20 July 2014

*30

10

29 July 2014

*30

10

Foot Guards Museum

15 July 2014

*30

10

20 July 2014

*30

10

29 July 2014

*30

10

Household Cavalry Museum

15 July 2014

*30

10

20 July 2014

*30

10

29 July 2014

*30

10

Buckingham Palace

15 July 2014

*30

10

20 July 2014

*30

10

29 July 2014

*30

10

Duxford Air Museum

24 September 2014

*240

55

* Each number shown represents the maximum number, precise numbers may have varied on the day.

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