§ Lord Kennet
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether all naval and military exercises and similar activities within the NATO area of operations are conducted under NATO auspices, and with the knowledge and authority of the relevant Supreme Allied Command.
§ The Minister of State for Defence Support (Lord Trefgarne)
No. United Kingdom forces, like those of other NATO nations, also carry out exercises under national auspices, although NATO is informed, as a matter of routine, of all major exercises.