CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

BUSINESS QUESTION – MPS' EXPENSES & NATO – 23 April 2009

Dr Julian Lewis: Given the typical state of the Liberal Democrat Benches throughout Business Questions [only 2 MPs were present], it is easy to see why that party is so strongly opposed to Members having to turn up at Westminster in order to be able to claim their allowances [Laughter]. However, my question is about NATO. One of NATO's two supreme commands is based in America and the other in Belgium. There are reports that the one based in America might now be moved to France as part of the price for France reintegrating with the NATO military structure. That move would be important and very expensive. May we have a statement from the Foreign Secretary as soon as possible on whether Britain is involved in negotiations of that sort?

[The Leader of the House of Commons (Ms Harriet Harman): I will draw the attention of my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary to the point that the hon. Gentleman has raised.]