CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

EUROPE – COMMON DEFENCE POLICY – 1 December 1999

Dr Julian Lewis: Surely the hon. Gentleman [Nigel Beard] understands that what worries us is not an improvement in Europe's defence capability, but the fact that it is proposed to be outside the structure of NATO? If it were being done inside the structure of NATO, it would add to our combined strength with the Americans, but the proposals will undermine the whole structure.