Select Committee on Defence First Special Report

ANNEX F: Committee Recommendations: Progress (continued)

Third Report: The Future of NATO: The Washington Summit HC 39 Published: 13 April 1999
Government Reply: Third Special Report, HC 459 Published: 21 May 1999

  Recommendations and undertakings Government Response Committee Response/Follow-up Further GovernmentAction Notes
6.The new Strategic Concept must clearly outline NATO's competences for peace support operations and its plans for cooperation with other organisations to pursue lasting peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area. The work being done by NATO on Infrastructure, Logistics and Civil Emergency Planning in working with humanitarian aid agencies and relevant government agencies, should be pursued further. (Paragraph 44) See HC 459, paragraphs 16-18 See Fourteenth Report, Session 1999-2000.     
8.To monitor the developments in Kosovo carefully and to ask the government to give a considered view at the end of NATO offensive action and after the first six months of any peace enforcement deployment on how the arrangements have worked in practice. To take evidence, inter alia, on the military advice given to the North Atlantic Council, the military assessment provided to UK ministers and the coordination of political objectives and military strategy. (Paragraph 57) Accepted (HC 459, paragraphs 25 and 26) See Fourteenth Report, Session 1999-2000   Committee visited UK troops in Kosovo, November 1999.
  Recommendations and undertakings Government Response Committee Response/Follow-up Further GovernmentAction Notes
15.That the Washington Summit produce a clear statement of NATO's view on the proposed integration of the WEU and the EU. (Paragraph 93) The government considers this premature (HC 459, paragraph 45) See Eighth Report, Session 1999-2000.   Proposals of the EU Helsinki Summit in December 1999 includes proposals for institutional change for EU/WEU. Further developments to be announced at Nice Summit, December 2000.

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