§ Lord Kennet
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether it is within the remit of NATO to protect, if necessary by force of arms, the demilitarised status of the Svalbard archipelago, 994WA which is part of the sovereign territory of Norway, a member of NATO.
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces (Lord Trefgarne)
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are committed, under Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty, to consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the parties is threatened.