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Western European Union (Policy Co-Ordination)

Volume 35: debated on Thursday 27 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will urge the co-ordination of defence and disarmament policies of member countries of the Western European Union through the framework of that organisation.

The security of Europe is the concern of all members of NATO and therefore it is the Government's view that the Alliance should remain the principal body in which detailed discussion of defence and disarmament policies takes place. However, the WEU assembly has an important role to play in promoting understanding of the defence policies of its member nations.