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Land Forces (Europe)

Volume 972: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is his current assessment of the balance of land forces in Europe between the Warsaw Pact countries and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation; and if he will make a statement.

The Warsaw Pact enjoys a marked numerical superiority in manpower and equipment. Progressive improvements allow the Warsaw Pact to maintain and enhance its forces well in excess of those required for defence. In face of this continuing expansion NATO member Governments are taking steps to maintain the credibility of Alliance deterrence.