HL Deb 02 February 1984 vol 447 c876WA
Lord Kennet

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether it is their expectation, hope, or intention that exercises such as those conducted by the Soviet Navy in the Narrow Seas, shown on the maps accompanying articles published in NATO Letter (September 1970) and NATO Review (December 1976), should become notifiable in advance under CBM provisions to be negotiated at Stockholm.

Lord Trefgarne

The Conference on Disarmament in Europe (CDE) mandate adopted at Madrid states that,

"As far as the adjoining sea area and airspace is concerned, the measures will be applicable to the military activities of all the participating states taking place there whenever these activities affect security in Europe as well as constitute a part of activities taking place within the whole of Europe…which they will agree to notify" '. This means that only those naval activities, such as ship-to-shore combat activities, which form a part of a notifiable activity on land in the CDE zone are notifiable. The alliance considered prior to Madrid the balance of advantage in seeking notification of naval exercises but decided that it would be very difficult to develop a concrete, unambiguous and practicable proposal which would be consistent with Alliance security, and impose a balanced obligation on NATO and Warsaw Pact forces.