HL Deb 27 July 1998 vol 592 c174WA
Lord Kennet

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the United States Government have discussed Presidential Decision Directives 62 and 63 on the subject of Infrastructure Vulnerability, with NATO allies; and what are the implications of these directives for NATO's new Strategic Concept. [HL2404]

Lord Gilbert

The United States Government held working level discussions on Presidential Decision Directive 62 and 63 with United Kingdom government officials in Washington on 12 June 1998. It is expected that the US Government will hold similar discussions with other NATO members.

One important aim of the revision of NATO's Strategic Concept is to ensure that it is appropriate to NATO's new security challenges, many of which are being addressed by Allies nationally, including the US. The revision of NATO's Strategic Concept is being discussed by all Allies and the results will be presented to NATO Heads of State and Government when they meet next year. Decisions will be taken on the basis of consensus among current Allies.