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Defence Capability

Volume 974: debated on Tuesday 27 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he is satisfied with the state of Great Britain's defences.

I believe that the United Kingdom's defences, together with those of our NATO allies, remain adequate to fulfil their deterrent task. But there is no room for complacency in the light of the Warsaw Pact military build-up; all member Governments of NATO have accepted the need to strengthen the Alliance. We shall seek to improve the United Kingdom's contribution to collective defence.