HL Deb 08 July 2003 vol 651 c32WA
Lord Rogan

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether a map of Northern Ireland will be included on the armbands to be worn by soldiers in the European Union Rapid Reaction Force. [HL3772]

Lord Bach

There is no standing European Rapid Reaction Force nor any EU agreement to create one. National or multinational forces are declared under the Helsinki Headline Goal, and made available to the EU on a voluntary, case-by-case basis when required for crisis management operations. In NATO, UN and ESDP operations, United Kingdom troops regularly wear insignia which identify them as members of a multinational force. To date, EU insignia have not included a map of Northern Ireland or of any other part of the EU.