HC Deb 18 October 1950 vol 478 c2044
52. Mr. Ian Harvey

asked the Minister of Defence whether steps are being taken to provide facilities whereby Western Union forces can train together so that they may evolve a common military doctrine.

Mr. Shinwell

Yes, Sir. A number of combined exercises have already been held, and more will be held in future. In addition, there are arrangements for the attachment of individual officers to the forces of other Western Union countries, and training pamphlets are exchanged so that common doctrines are being evolved.

Mr. Harvey

Would the right hon. Gentleman give consideration to establishing a central training organisation in Germany, or in some other convenient place?

Mr. Shinwell

I take note of the suggestion.

Mr. Drayson

What progress has been made towards standardisation of equipment?

Mr. Shinwell

That seems to me to be another question.

Mr. Vane

Are any of these attachments to foreign armies made up of Territorial officers or are they all of Regular officers?

Mr. Shinwell

I should have to inquire into that.

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