EUROPE – COMMON DEFENCE POLICY – 21 June 1999

Dr Julian Lewis: Does the Secretary of State not realise that that answer is entirely inadequate? It is his Government who have been promoting Mr Prodi. For decades, Governments of all party political persuasions have supported strengthened European contributions to NATO. What worries us now is the idea of a common defence policy with united armed forces, which would mean that the armed forces of this country would pass out of our control and into the majority control of continental politicians such as Mr Prodi. Will the Secretary of State now answer my hon. Friend's question properly, and repudiate once and for all what Mr Prodi wrongly said?