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Anglo-Us Co-Operation

Volume 531: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1954

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, following the missions of the Minister of Defence and the Minister of Supply to the United States of America, what steps are to be taken to avoid duplication in defence equipment, particularly guided weapons, and to strengthen scientific and military co-operation between the two countries.

Arrangements have long existed for exchange of information with the United States on the development of defence equipment and for the pooling of effort wherever practicable. It is hoped that these arrangements will be further strengthened by the visits of my noble Friend and my right hon. Friend the Minister of Supply. Further comment on my noble Friend's visit must await his return.I understand that my right hon. Friend the Minister of Supply hopes to make a statement before the House rises on co-operation in development of guided weapons.