To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2015 to Question 1095, how many contracts to provide any form of military training in conflict zones were awarded to (a) private security companies and (b) other companies in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 11 June 2015 to Question 1095. Ministry of Defence (MOD) commercial officers are also aware of two contracts relating to training with respect to conflict zones. These were for interpreter services firstly in support of UK training in the Ukraine and secondly for the selection in Tripoli and training at Bassingbourn of Libyan soldiers. More broadly, information on MOD contracts is not recorded in a way that would allow an automatic search to identify those relating to conflict zones, or to training. A manual search would incur disproportionate cost.