He is an enthusiastic supporter of full British participation in the move toward a single European market in 1992.
British participation in foreign wars has been the subject of paintings and other works created by Britain's war artists.
Its crash effectively ended British participation in rigid airship construction.
Government sources said, however, that in the end it was the conditions which would eventually determine timing of British participation.
There is also another very valid reason for British participation.
Though British participation was requested, it was rejected by the government.
That was to change rapidly: 1950 was to be the year when efforts to build a united Europe with British participation came to an end.
In the history of British participation in world-class events there has never been any recognition or backing on a national scale.
Of the allied contributions, the British participation is by far the most significant, although some critics here said the government should be doing more.
If the deal proceeds, it could end any significant British participation in the computer industry.