HC Deb 01 August 1962 vol 664 cc554-5
2. Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Minister of Defence whether Her Majesty's Government, as a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, were consulted on President Kennedy's proposal that General Lyman Lemnitzer should succeed General Norstad as Supreme Commander, Allied Powers, Europe; what is the procedure for consultation on such appointments; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Thorneycroft

The appointment of a N.A.T.O. Supreme Commander requires the approval of the Governments represented on the North Atlantic Council. Her Majesty's Government were consulted about General Lemnitzer's nomination for the appointment of S.A.C.E.U.R.

Mr. Biggs-Davison

Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that full consultation takes place between the allies before names are bandied about?

Mr. Thorneycroft

I am absolutely satisfied that Her Majesty's Government were consulted.