HC Deb 23 May 1978 vol 950 c457W
17. Mr. Temple-Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will make a statement about his meeting with NATO Defence Ministers at the Defence Planning Committee on 18th and 19th May.

21. Mr. John Evans

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he was satisfied with the results of the recent North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Defence Planning Committee; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mulley

This was a highly satisfactory meeting, demonstrating the determination of the Alliance, while pursuing effective arms control and disarmament, to preserve its security in the face of the continuing arms build-up of the Warsaw Pact. Of particular importance was the constructive examination of NATO's collective defence needs for the 1980s through the long term defence programme. A report on this programme, in which the United Kingdom will play a full and positive part, is being forwarded to NATO Heads of State and Government for their meeting in Washington at the end of the month. I have placed a copy of the communiqué in the Library.