§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the future of COCOM.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
The rationale for COCOM's existence has been the strategic threat posed to the west by a number of countries, mainly the former Warsaw pact and China.
COCOM is now actively considering its future role in light of the changed circumstances of the countries of eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. It is too early to present firm conclusions.