Libya: Armed Forces

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

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library the internal Ministry of Defence and Home Office review report on Libyan training at Bassingbourn; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library notes and minutes of meetings between representatives of his Department and Cambridge City councillors on the effect on the local community of basing Libyan personnel at Bassingbourn; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)

I have already placed in the Library the summary of the independent report into the Libyan training at Bassingbourn. There are a number of sensitivities surrounding the documents relating to the meetings and Ministry of Defence officials are currently engaging with Departments across Government and with the Libyan Embassy, to consider whether they can be released. If they are deemed releasable I will place copies in the Library of the House in due course.

I would also like to refer the hon. Member to the written statement made by the previous Defence Secretary (Philip Hammond) on 11 June 2014 (Official Report, column 49-50WS) and the written statements made by the Defence Secretary (Michael Fallon) on 4 November 2014 (Official Report, column 44WS), and 9 January 2015 (Official Report, column 18WS) in relation to the Libyan General Purpose Force.

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