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South-East Asia (Five Power Defence Arrangement)

Volume 933: debated on Monday 13 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Government contributed towards the five Powers defence arrangements in South-East Asia since their inception in 1971; and under what headings the expenditure has been made.

either been sponsored or financed by the Government; and if he will give the location, general theme and cost of each such conference held during 1976.

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 27th May 1977; Vol. 932, c. 629–30], gave the following information:In 1976 the British Overseas Trade Board supported participation by United Kingdom firms at eight overseas exhibitions and associated conferences concerned with the offshore oil and related fields. Details are as follows:

Her Majesty's Government contributed forces from all three Services to the ANZUK force, set up in support of the Five Power Defence Arrangement, from November 1971 until March 1976. The full cost of stationing these forces in the area throughout this period involved expenditure on all Defence Votes and could not be calculated without disproportionate time and effort.