CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

DEFENCE – STRATEGIC CONSEQUENCES OF US TROOP CUTS IN GERMANY [57055] – 9 June 2020

Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what preliminary assessment he has made of the reduction in NATO's (a) potential for deterrence and (b) fighting capability as a result of result the implementation of President Trump's proposal to cut the total of US troops based in Germany by almost one-third; what discussions he had with his counterpart in the US Administration (i) before and (ii) after the announcement of that proposal; and if he will make a statement.  [57055]

[Due for Answer on 15 June.]

ANSWER

The Minister for the Armed Forces (James Heappey): The UK Government does not comment on speculation. The United States and United Kingdom are strong partners and allies, with a uniquely close and active defence and security partnership. Ministers and officials regularly engage with the US on a wide range of security issues, both bilaterally and in NATO, including the deployment of US troops in Europe.