§ 24. Mr. Ian Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what further progress is being made with the French Goverment on a joint approach to weapons procurement.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
Co-operation between the British and French Governments is progressing well. Building on the successful collaborative programmes that the United Kingdom and France have undertaken together, both countries are developing closer links. Both countries now publish regular contracts bulletins, the sequence of equipment conferences will continue with a conference on air systems in November and there are regular and increasing contacts between procurement staffs at all levels.