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Expenditure

Volume 885: debated on Monday 3 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what consultations he has now had, and is now having, with NATO allies and other nations likely to be affected by the proposed cuts in defence expenditure.

I cannot yet add to what I told the House in the defence debate on 16th December 1974. The consultations with our allies are still in progress and are expected to be completed later this month.

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ROYAL AIR FORCE STATIONS
Home
Acklington1927112322
Brawdy52
Chivenor10010790104111
Coltishall4639273650
Leconfield5659585052
Leuchars5240444145
Lossiemouth93786
Manston29
Thorney Island911131074
Valley72891007974
Other United Kingdom stations9312
Overseas
Akrotiri149521
Bahrein31
Sharjah3
Singapore43
Total Royal Air Force460487460379534
ROYAL NAVAL AIR STATIONS
CuldroseNot available516173
Lee-on-Solent38109128
Portland111031
Prestwick9712
Other Units255
Total Royal Navy3873192249

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many vessels and aircraft are available for air-sea rescue work, civilian and military; and where they are situated.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what consultations he has had with representatives of shipbuilding firms likely to be affected by the proposed cuts in defence expenditure.

My Department has continuing discussions with the main warship building firms on the naval new construction programme and these consultations at present embrace the defence review. We are also in touch with those other major shipbuilding firms which build ships for the Royal Navy.