§ 42. Mr. Critchley
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether Her Majesty's Government will submit themselves to a similar process of consultation with NATO in regard to its defence review as did the Netherlands in 1974; and, if so, whether the Government will permit the publication by NATO of the deliberations of the Defence Planning Committee of the Alliance in the form of an agreed communiqué.
§ Mr. Mason
Consultations with our NATO allies on our defence review proposals are being conducted in accordance with the established procedures which I described to the House on 16th December 1974, and which were also followed in the case of the Netherlands earlier last year. I cannot anticipate the results of the Defence Planning Committee's deliberations.