HC Deb 19 July 1977 vol 935 cc537-8W
Mr. Trotter

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how the work of the two Deputy Supreme Allied Commanders, Europe, is to be divided between them following the decision to appoint a Germany deputy, in addition to the British post which has existed since the formation of SHAPE.

Mr. Mulley

SACEUR has announced his intention to establish a second deputy post in the autumn, which will be filled by a German officer. The German deputy will share with the present British Deputy the task of assisting SACEUR in the overall supervision of the Command. In particular he will assume the principal responsibility for monitoring SHAPE's contribution to the development of the long-term defence programme to meet the needs of the 1980s launched by the United States Administration at the recent NATO Summit.