§ Angus Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the status is of the proposed UN military staff college for the training of peace keepers; and if he will propose using the Scottish Centre for Nonviolence as its location. 
§ Mr. Ingram
[holding answer 11 January 2002]: The UK's approach to providing support to UN training is through a flexible programme of training aimed at enhancing multinational co-operation and interoperability, and strengthening the integrated civil-military approach to peace support operations. This is achieved through conferences, seminars and workshops, expanding places on, or reorientating, existing courses and the development of bespoke UN courses. This is being carried out very successfully throughout locations within the UK and abroad. While a dedicated UN military staff college remains a possibility, we are not currently pursuing the establishment of one.