§ Mr. Trippier
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made towards the establishment of a NATO small arms test and evaluation programme which will emphasise interoperability.
§ Mr. Pattie
A NATO evaluation programme, which has been completed, has recommended a second standard small arms calibre. Nations having replacement intentions in the coming years, including the United Kingdom, fully realise the contribution to equipment interoperability that adoption of this calibre will offer.