HC Deb 05 July 1961 vol 643 c115W
Mr. A. Henderson

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will arrange for a study to be made of the desirability of establishing a number of political chiefs of staff of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Governments.

Mr. Heath

At present the permanent representatives of member Governments of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meet regularly and frequently to discuss political matters of common concern. Her Majesty's Government well realise the need to extend and develop political consultation in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Our methods are under constant review, with the aim of making our unity more effective, but there would be no point in duplicating existing machinery.