Armed Forces: Deployment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 4th December 2015.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 49 of the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, in which countries he plans to locate British defence staffs in 2016.

Photo of Julian Brazier Julian Brazier The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The decision as to where locations of where British Defence Staffs (BDS) will be based has yet to be finalised. The intention of establishing BDS is to build on our existing overseas networks (including Defence Attaches, Liaison and Exchange Officers and Training Teams) in order to provide a cross-regional focus, and improved coordination and coherence, to Defence Engagement activity. We review our overseas footprint regularly to match the requirement and this work is in conjunction with the development of a Defence Engagement Career Field within the UK Armed Forces, improved training, preparation and development for our overseas cohort and greater alignment with other Government Departments with deployed networks.

Once decisions have been made on the future of BDS I will write to the hon. Member to update her.

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