Libyan Trainees Day Tripping


Amidst the shambolic aftermath and damning reports of the Libyan trainee issue comes an interesting Parliamentary Question.

It was asked by Mrs Madeline Moon, a member of the Defence Committee.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2015 to Question 219665, how many (a) members of the Libyan General Purpose Force, (b) members of the UK training team and (c) Libyan trainees took part in each of the visits listed; and if he will make a statement.

It was a follow up from a previous rather evasive answer on the subject so Mrs Moon had to be more specific.

The answer was quite revealing.

350 trainees went to STANTA, 442 went to SPTA, 238 to Lydd Ranges and 239 to Longmore.

All good stuff, getting out and about and taking part in no doubt effective training.

It is the second part of the answer that I found most amusing, the cultural and historical day trips.

Confusingly, they record the potential number of attendees rather than the actual but as part of the effort to make these Libyan trainees a more effective fighting force against instability and Islamist terrorism we sent them to;

  • Houses of Parliament, 120 places
  • Guards Museum, 90 places
  • Household Cavalry Museum, 90 places
  • Downing Street, 120 places
  • Wellington Barracks, 90 places
  • Foot Guards Museum, 90 places
  • Household Cavalry Museum, 90 places
  • Buckingham Palace, 90 places
  • Duxford Air Museum, 240 places

As the kids might say, WTF!

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