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Germany (Offset Agreement)

Volume 929: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish a table showing by how much in each of the years since the German Federal Republic signed the first offset agreement in relation to British forces stationed in Germany the shortfall has been.

For the years up to and including 1975–76, I have nothing to add to the reply given by my predecessor on 22nd July 1976. The foreign exchange costs of British forces in Germany during 1976–77 are estimated to amount to some £521 million, as shown in Table 5 of Annex A to the Statement on the Defence Estimates 1977 (Cmnd. 6735).