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Nato Civil Wartime Agencies

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 22 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Don Valley on 27 April, Official Report, column 362 when he expects an agreement to be drawn up to cover the legal aspects of the proposed employment of United Kingdom civil servants as staff of NATO civil wartime agencies; when he expects agreement to be reached on the status under international law for United Kingdom civil servants and representatives of private industry when they take up their proposed roles as NATO civil wartime agencies staff; and if he will make a statement.

An ad hoc group within NATO headquarters is considering the status and employment of NATO civil wartime agency staff. I am not yet able to say when agreements will be reached.