CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

DEFENCE – EU RAPID REACTION FORCE – 1 March 2001

Dr Julian Lewis: May we have a statement, please, from the Prime Minister explaining the contradiction between what he told our most important ally, President Bush, about the so-called European Union rapid reaction force being "firmly embedded" in NATO, and the provisions of the annexes to the treaty of Nice, which make it abundantly clear that the command and control of any such force will be entirely independent of NATO or any other organisation, other than the EU?