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Weu Meeting (Luxembourg)

Volume 116: debated on Tuesday 12 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the part his Department played in the Western European Union meeting in Luxembourg on 27 and 28 April.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, to my hon. Friend the Member for Richmond and Barnes (Mr. Hanley) on 30 April, at column 197, and to the communiqué of the meeting, a copy of which is in the Library. This series of meetings affords an opportunity for collective discussion by the Foreign and Defence Ministers from the member nations, and on this occasion I represented my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence, who was on an official visit to Turkey. I contributed in particular to the exchange of views on East-West relations and arms control, particularly INF, referred to in my hon. Friend's reply.