HC Deb 07 May 1996 vol 277 c16W
18. Mr. Matthew Banks

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the benefits of establishing a joint rapid deployment force. [26936]

Mr. Soames

The joint rapid deployment force will strengthen the UK's capability to project effective military forces rapidly worldwide in support of our interests. It will be capable of contributing to a wide range of operations, whether mounted nationally or as part of the UK's contribution to those mounted by NATO, the Western European Union or the UN.