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Volume 952: debated on Friday 23 June 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the increase in numbers of tanks deployed within the areas covered by the mutual balanced force reduction talks since those talks began (a) by NATO, (b) by the USSR and (c) by other Warsaw Pact countries.

I regret that it is not the usual practice to publish details of NATO force strengths. Since 1973 we estimate that Warsaw Pact main battle tanks deployed in the area covered by the MBFR talks have increased by the order of 1,000, about half of this increase being Soviet.