§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the current operational capability of the joint rapid deployment force; when it will take part in a full-scale exercise; and what elements will deploy as part of this exercise. 
§ Mr. Soames
Our intention is that the joint rapid deployment force should be operational by 1 August 1996. It will bring together the existing operational capabilities of the units assigned to it to best, joint effect in responding to future short-notice contingencies. It is too early to say when it will take part in a full-scale exercise or which units will be involved.