HC Deb 06 March 2000 vol 345 cc482-3W
Mr. Gapes

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions involving Ministers and officials of his Department have recently taken place or are planned within the Anglo-French Joint Commission on Nuclear Policy and Doctrine concerning joint or co-ordinated ballistic missile submarine patrols with the French Navy. [112423]

Mr. Hoon

None. The UK/France Joint Nuclear Commission, established in 1992, normally meets twice yearly at official level for discussions on a wide range of issues. By joint agreement, these exclude the operational deployment of our respective nuclear deterrent forces.

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