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Army (Manpower)

Volume 884: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what effect the intention to reduce the strength of the Army by 13,000 men, announced in December 1974, will have upon Great Britain's capacity to reinforce BAOR by 68,000 troops and in a support rĂ´le in keeping with its NATO commitment, in the event of mobilisation.

While consultations are proceeding with our allies I am unable to say anything more regarding the effects of our proposed reductions on specialist reinforcements than was outlined by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on 3rd December. I can say, however, that our proposed reductions will in no way adversely affect our capacity to reinforce BAOR in the event of mobilisation.