Defence written question – answered on 27th January 2005.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the classification level is of reports from UK liaison officers to Eurocorps pertaining to the viability of UK co-operation with Eurocorps; and whether such reports will be accessible under Freedom of Information rules.

Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence

The United Kingdom co-operates with Eurocorps as a NATO Graduated Readiness Force Headquarters which is offered to the Alliance by its sponsor nations (Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Spain). Headquarters Eurocorps is currently in Afghanistan, providing the headquarters for the International Stabilisation and Assistance Force. The United Kingdom had a liaison team, led by a Colonel, with HQ Eurocorps from 2000 until March 2004, when the post was withdrawn following a review of our commitments to NATO HQs. The reports from liaison officers before that date vary in classification. All recorded information held by MOD is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We would consider on a case by case basis any requests for such information to be disclosed under the Act.

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