§ Mr. Soames
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the present extent of Anglo-French military co-operation.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
Anglo-French military cooperation is extensive, with a wide range of contacts and exchanges at all levels between all three branches of the armed forces, in addition to a number of joint exercises. There is also co-operation in the fields of equipment procurement and research. During the Anglo-French summit in London on 4 May, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and the French Defence Minister, Mr. Chevenement, discussed ways in which this co-operation could be extended.