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Defence written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are for the UK to participate in permanent structured co-operation.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Secretary of State for Defence

We are currently engaging with other EU member states over the establishment of permanent structured co-operation, including discussion of what benefits it might bring for European capability and what criteria might be proposed. We will decide on UK participation once agreement has been reached.

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