HC Deb 16 June 1966 vol 729 c314W
89. Mr. Edward M. Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what information he has regarding the relocation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Headquarters.

Mr. George Thomson

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Council at its Ministerial Meeting on 7th and 8th June decided to extend an invitation to the Benelux countries to provide a new site for Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. The Belgian Government have since announced that they would accept the transfer of S.H.A.P.E. to a new location in Belgium.

The Council further agreed that the reorganised Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe should be moved to a new location either in the Benelux countries or in Germany.

The future siting of the North Atlantic Council will be discused at a special meeting of the 14 Foreign Ministers in October.