§ Mr. Boyes
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration is being given to the diversion of military personnel to non-military tasks such as public works and environmental restoration in the event of achievement of a conventional force balance in Europe at force levels lower than those currently maintained by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
NATO is committed to seeking an agreement on conventional forces in Europe which will lead to a stable and secure balance at lower levels, bui at this stage it would be premature to speculate on which 371W military units might be affected. It is unlikely that the Ministry of Defence would be responsible for redeploying service personnel to non-military tasks.