HC Deb 18 December 2001 vol 377 c208W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the use of a scorecard approach in pursuit of the Public Service Agreement target for building a modern NATO. [22586]

Mr. Bradshaw

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been using the current set of scorecard targets since the start of the Spending Review 2000 triennial.

We have made good progress towards our target of a modernised NATO to improve Europe's security. This year's scorecard measure is to re-engage Russia in the full range of PJC co-operation. The UK has been proactive in transforming the new NATO/Russia relationship and on 6 December the North Atlantic Council launched a process to establish new mechanisms for working with Russia at 20.

We have continued to press the case for NATO modernisation and have actively supported Lord Robertson's NATO Plus initiative. NATO Plus is a programme for reform of working methods at NATO HQ and bringing them in line with best practice in the public and private sectors elsewhere.

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