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Written Answers

Thursday, 30th November 1995.

BBC Charter and Agreement

Lord Thomson of Monifieth asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish their proposals for the draft BBC Charter, Agreement and Licence at the same time as the Broadcasting Bill announced in the Queen's Speech is given a First Reading.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage (Lord Inglewood): Copies of the draft BBC Charter and Agreement were placed in the Library on 27 November. The licence to be issued to the BBC under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949, which was issued in conjunction with the current agreement in 1981 by the Secretary of State for the Home Department, is now the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. The new agreement, when executed, will not come into force until the relevant wireless telegraphy licences are granted to the corporation. We expect publication of the Broadcasting Bill, announced in the gracious Speech, before Christmas.

The Army: Measures to Encourage Recruitment

Lord Vivian asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What measures they are taking to increase the enlistment rate of recruits to the Army.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Earl Howe): The measures in hand include the allocation of additional funds to the Army's recruiting organisation, including some £5 million for extra recruit advertising; a major initiative with the Employment Service to recruit through their office network; and a more cautious approach to the reduction in Army Careers Information Offices. These are together with a number of other initiatives to increase recruitment into the Army and the retention of existing personnel.

The Army: Junior Soldiers

Lord Vivian asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they intend to re-establish junior soldiers' regiments.

Earl Howe: There is no plan to revive Junior Leaders' Regiments in the form in which they previously existed but urgent work is in hand to consider introducing a junior entry to the Army to attract young people with the potential to become Senior Non-Commissioned and Warrant Officers. It is too early

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to be more definitive about the form such a scheme might take.

Army Cadet Force: Funding

Lord Vivian asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether additional funding could be made available to Army Cadet Force detachments.

Earl Howe: Although the Army Cadet Force is provided with additional funds from time to time for specific activities or equipment, such expenditure must be justifiable in the light of other priorities within the Army Plan. At present there is no significant new activity or item of equipment for which funding is being sought.

Specialist Shipping for Military Equipment

Lord Vivian asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What measures they have taken to improve the readiness of specialist shipping to transport heavy military equipment and vehicles.

Earl Howe: The Ministry of Defence is currently examining a range of options, including charter, lease and purchase, to improve the access to specialist shipping for deployment use. This work is taking into account the feasibility of co-operative action with our NATO allies, and private sector involvement.

RCDS Overseas Visits

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What overseas visits have been undertaken by members of the Royal College of Defence Studies during 1995 and what has been the cost to public funds of each such visit.

Earl Howe: The overseas visits undertaken by members of the Royal College of Defence Studies during 1995 and the costs to public funds of each visit were as follows: (a) NATO/WEU visit 12-16 Jun 95. Cost £55,390. (b) Overseas Tours 15 Sep-15 Oct 95


    North Europe (Russia, Finland, Germany, and Czech Republic). Cost £77,129.


    South Europe (France, Italy, Malta and Bulgaria). Cost £53,602.


    Far East (Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore). Cost £65,085.


    Australasia (Australia, Indonesia and New Zealand). Cost £87,202.


    South Asia (India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Cost £55,757.


    Africa (Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Zimbabwe). Cost £64,367.

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    North America (Canada, Mexico and USA). Cost £107,757.


    Middle East (Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Syria). Cost £31,544.

Overseas Military Personnel: UK Training

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list the countries from which military officers were given training by UK soldiers either in the United Kingdom or abroad, in 1994 and 1995 respectively; whether Yusaf Yosfiah, the Indonesian officer who commanded the unit responsible for the murder of two British citizens at Baliko, East Timor on 16 October 1975, was hosted by the United Kingdom for training in 1989; and whether they will review the policy of entertaining military personnel from states which are guilty of gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity.

Earl Howe: Available records show that military personnel from the following countries were given training in the UK or by UK Service personnel overseas in 1994 and 1995:

1994


    Albania


    Antigua


    Australia


    Austria


    Bahrain


    Bahamas


    Bangladesh


    Barbados


    Belgium


    Belize


    Bermuda


    Botswana


    Brazil


    British Virgin Islands


    Brunei


    Bulgaria


    Canada


    Cayman Islands


    Chile


    Colombia


    Cyprus


    Czech Republic


    Denmark


    Dominican Republic


    Ecuador


    Egypt


    Estonia

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    Falkland Islands


    Fiji


    Finland


    France


    Gambia


    Germany


    Ghana


    Greece


    Grenada


    Guyana


    Hong Kong


    Hungary


    India


    Indonesia


    Ireland


    Israel


    Italy


    Ivory Coast


    Jamaica


    Japan


    Jordan


    Kenya


    Republic of Korea


    Kuwait


    Latvia


    Lebanon


    Lesotho


    Lithuania


    Malawi


    Malaysia


    Maldives


    Malta


    Mauritius


    Mexico


    Monserrat


    Mozambique


    Namibia


    Nepal


    Netherlands


    Norway


    New Zealand


    Oman


    Pakistan


    Paraguay


    Philippines


    Poland


    Portugal


    Qatar


    Romania


    Saudi Arabia

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    South Africa


    Senegal


    Seychelles


    Sierra Leone


    Singapore


    Slovakia


    Slovenia


    Spain


    Sri Lanka


    St. Kitts Nevis


    St. Lucia


    St. Vincent


    Sudan


    Swaziland


    Switzerland


    Tanzania


    Thailand


    Trinidad and Tobago


    Turkey


    UAE


    Uganda


    Ukraine


    USA


    Venezuela


    Yemen


    Zambia


    Zimbabwe

1995


    Albania


    Antigua


    Australia


    Austria


    Bahrain


    Bahamas


    Bangladesh


    Barbados


    Belarus


    Belgium


    Belize


    Bermuda


    Botswana


    Brazil


    British Virgin Islands


    Brunei


    Bulgaria


    Canada


    Cayman Islands


    Chile


    Colombia


    Cyprus

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    Czech


    Republic


    Denmark


    Dominican Republic


    Ecuador


    Egypt


    El Salvador


    Estonia


    Falkland Islands


    Fiji


    Finland


    France


    Germany


    Ghana


    Greece


    Grenada


    Guatemala


    Guyana


    Hong Kong


    Hungary


    India


    Indonesia


    Ireland


    Israel


    Italy


    Ivory Coast


    Jamaica


    Japan


    Jordan


    Kenya


    Republic of Korea


    Kuwait


    Kyrghistan


    Latvia


    Lebanon


    Lesotho


    Lithuania


    Macedonia


    Malawi


    Malaysia


    Maldives


    Malta


    Mauritius


    Mexico


    Moldova


    Monserrat


    Morocco


    Mozambique


    Namibia


    Nepal


    Netherlands

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    New Zealand


    Norway


    Oman


    Pakistan


    Paraguay


    Philippines


    Poland


    Portugal


    Qatar


    Romania


    Russia


    Rwanda


    Saudi Arabia


    South Africa


    Senegal


    Seychelles


    Sierra Leone


    Singapore


    Slovakia


    Slovenia


    Spain


    Sri Lanka


    St. Kitts Nevis


    St. Lucia


    St. Vincent


    Swaziland


    Sweden


    Switzerland


    Tanzania


    Thailand


    Trinidad and Tobago


    Turks and Caicos Islands


    Turkey


    UAE


    Uganda


    Ukraine


    USA


    Venezuela


    Zambia


    Zimbabwe

In addition, forces on exercise overseas often provide limited training to, or train alongside, the armed forces of the host nation. A central record of such training is not maintained.

It is not the practice to give details of the training given to overseas students, including the names of individuals, as these are regarded as confidential between governments.

Decisions to provide training to overseas students from a particular country are taken on a case by case basis taking into account all relevant information available at the time. Our policy on such training is kept under regular review.

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