§ 15. Mr. Jim Marshall
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made as to the effectiveness of the planning cell at the Western European Union headquarters; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Rifkind
The Western European Union planning cell makes a valuable contribution to the work of the WEU. The United Kingdom will continue to support its activities.
§ 22. Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the enlargement of the Western European Union.
§ Mr. Hanley
At the Western European Union Ministerial Council on 9 May the central and eastern European countries of the WEU forum of consultation were offered the status of associate partners in WEU. This represents a significant broadening and deepening of relations between WEU and these countries, although stopping short of full membership for them.