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Defence Technology and Doctrine: Implications

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Gilbert: Further to my Written Answer of 15 January 1998 (WA 206), the implications for the United Kingdom of developments in defence technology and doctrine are kept under review by the Ministry of Defence. The emergence of new infrastructure vulnerabilities and the impact of the so-called Revolution in Military Affairs form part of this work, including the important requirement to maintain adequate interoperability with United States forces. They have been taken fully into account in the Strategic Defence Review. We would not, however, expect these issues to affect the European Union's common foreign and security policy.

NATO: Strategic Concept

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Gilbert: I refer the noble Lord to the Written Answers I gave him on 22 January 1998 (WA 264-265).

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Gilbert: In line with arrangements agreed by Allies for the progressive involvement of representatives from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland in the political and military work of NATO, their representatives may, subject to certain conditions, attend the relevant meetings and speak, but not participate in decisions, which will be taken on the basis of consensus among current Allies.

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether NATO's new strategic concept will be available to them before the conclusion of the Strategic Defence Review.[HL1306]

Lord Gilbert: As I told the noble Lord, in my Written Answer on 22 January, (Official Report, col. WA 264) recommendations based on the examination of NATO's strategic concept will be presented to NATO heads of state and government when they next meet in Washington in 1999. It remains the Government's aim to publish the conclusions of the Strategic Defence Review in the first half of this year.

Partners in Europe: Information Pack

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the total cost of their information package Partners in Europe; how it was funded; and to how many

    (a) primary schools

    (b) other schools; and

    (c) further education/higher education colleges, universities, local education authorities and other educational establishments

    it has been or is to be sent.[HL1311]

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): The Partners in Europe information and resource pack for schools cost £309,000 to produce and distribute. It was funded jointly by the Department for Education and Employment, the Scottish Office Education and Industry Department, the Welsh Office Education Department, the Department for Education, Northern Ireland and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It was distributed to all schools in the United Kingdom on the following basis: two to each school in England, one to each school in Scotland, two to each school in Wales and two to each school in Northern Ireland.

Two copies of the pack were sent to LEAs in England, Scotland and Wales. In Northern Ireland, one copy was sent to each education and library board. Organisations such as the central bureau for educational visits and exchanges, the qualifications and curriculum authority and Ofsted were also sent copies. All other educational establishments received copies on request or accessed the specially commissioned contents via departmental websites.

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