HL Deb 15 July 1997 vol 581 cc104-5WA
Lord Kennet

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the cost of the expansion of NATO, as advocated by the United States, has been discussed within the European Union, given its implications for the possible expansion of the European Union.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean)

The cost of NATO enlargement has not been discussed in the EU. It will fall to current and future NATO members and is a matter for them alone.