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Military Attaches

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated savings to his Department are from
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(a) closing the defence sections in (i) Barbados, (ii) Bulgaria, (iii) Finland, (iv) Portugal and (v) Sri Lanka and (b) reducing the size of the defence section in India. [214350]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: There are no net savings to the MOD from closing the defence sections in Barbados, Bulgaria, Finland, Portugal and Sri Lanka and reducing the size of the defence section in India. The measures contribute towards offsetting the new external costs incurred by the Attaché network referred to by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State in his written ministerial statement on 5 June 2008, Official Report, column 71WS.

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 727W, on military attachés, how many overseas (a) members of the armed forces and (b) departmental civilians formed each defence section in each (i) overseas city and (ii) country in each month since September 2007. [214369]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The following table shows the number of members of the armed forces in each defence section by country and city over the period in question.


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Number of members of the armed forces( 1) on first day of month
2007 2008
Count r y City Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun

Afghanistan

Kabul

0

0

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Albania

Tirana

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Closed

Algeria

Algiers

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

Argentina

Buenos Aires

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

2

2

2

Australia

Canberra

4

4

4

4

3

3

3

3

3

3

Austria

Vienna(2)

2

2

2

2

3

3

3

3

4

4

Bahrain

Manama

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Bangladesh

Dhaka

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Barbados

Bridgetown

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Brazil

Brasilia

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Bulgaria

Sofia

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Canada

Ottawa

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

Chile

Santiago

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

China

Beijing

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Colombia

Bogota

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Congo, Democratic Republic of

Kinshasa

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Croatia

Zagreb

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Closed

Cyprus

Nicosia

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Czech Republic

Prague

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

Denmark

Copenhagen

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Egypt

Cairo

3

3

3

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Finland

Helsinki

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

France

Paris

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

3

3

3

Georgia

Tbilisi

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Germany

Berlin

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

5

5

5

Ghana

Accra

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Greece

Athens

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

2

2

Guatemala

Guatemala City

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Closed

India

New Delhi

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Indonesia

Jakarta

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Iraq

Baghdad

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Ireland

Dublin

2

2

Closed

Israel

Tel Aviv

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Italy

Rome

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Jamaica

Kingston

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Japan

Tokyo

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

1

1

Jordan

Amman

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Kazakhstan

Astana

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Kenya

Nairobi

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Korea

Seoul

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

2

2

2

Kuwait

Kuwait City

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Lebanon

Beirut

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Lithuania

Vilnius

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Macedonia

Skopje

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Closed

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Morocco

Rabat

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Nepal

Kathmandu

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Netherlands

The Hague

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

New Zealand

Wellington

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

Nigeria

Abuja

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Norway

Oslo

2

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

Oman

Muscat

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

Pakistan

Islamabad

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5(3)

5

5

Poland

Warsaw

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

2

2

2

Portugal

Lisbon

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Qatar

Doha

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Romania

Bucharest

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Russia

Moscow

9

9

9

9

9

9

9

7

7

7

Saudi Arabia

Riyadh

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Serbia

Belgrade

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Sierra Leone

Freetown

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Singapore

Singapore City

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Slovak Republic

Bratislava

1

1

Closed

South Africa

Pretoria

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Spain

Madrid

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

2

2

2

Sri Lanka

Colombo

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Sudan

Khartoum

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Sweden

Stockholm

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Syria

Damascus

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Thailand

Bangkok

2

2

2

2

2

2

Closed

Turkey

Ankara

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

Uganda

Kampala

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Ukraine

Kyiv

3

3

3

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

United States of America

Washington

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

UK Mission to UN New York

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Yemen

Sana'a

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Zimbabwe

Harare

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

(1 )These figures cover all military personnel serving in defence sections, i.e. accredited attachés and military support staff. (2 )Vienna has been established as a regional hub with three attachés based there covering Austria and another six countries on a non-residential basis—Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Slovenia, Slovak Republic and Switzerland. (3 )One military support staff post was replaced with an extra officer in the role of assistant military adviser in April 2008.

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