§ Dr. Julian Lewis
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role he envisages for(a) the Royal Navy and (b) the Royal Marines in an EU rapid reaction force. 
§ Mr. Ingram
There is no standing European Rapid Reaction Force. Under the Helsinki Headline Goal, EU member states have identified relevant forces and capabilities that might be contributed to EU-led crisis-management operations.
As regards Naval and Royal Marines forces, the United Kingdom offer includes 18 warships, as well as amphibious infantry. Committing forces to EU-led operations is a matter for national governments to decide in the light of the circumstances of each operation.