HC Deb 30 October 1990 vol 178 c500W
34. Mr. Bowis

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he is planning to hold with his NATO colleagues regarding the alliance's area of operations.

Mr. Archie Hamilton

Following the London declaration, a wide-ranging review of NATO strategy is in hand, and I expect to discuss the process with my colleagues in the defence planning committee meeting in December. Under article 4 of the North Atlantic treaty, alliance members consult together on threats to their territorial integrity, political independence or security, and this has been brought into play recently in respect of the Gulf situation.