§ 11. Mr. Boswell
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on collaboration between the Royal Marines and the Royal Netherlands Marine Force. 
§ Mr. Spellar
The Royal Marines and the Royal Netherlands Marine Force have worked closely together for 26 years. This relationship was formalised in a Memorandum of Understanding signed in March 1997. Most recently, the UK Royal Marines and the Netherlands Royal Marines worked closely on Exercise BRIGHT STAR, an amphibious multinational exercise in Egypt last month.