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Baor (Offset Payments)

Volume 981: debated on Wednesday 19 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence, bearing in mind that the foreign exchange costs of maintaining British Forces in Germany has increased sixfold between 1969–70 and 1979–80, while the offset payments by the Federal Republic of Germany towards these costs have slumped from 71 per cent. to 7 per cent. over the same period, if he will take steps to negotiate a new offset agreement.

No. The current AngloGerman offset agreement (Cmnd 6970) which was agreed between the previous Administration and the Federal German Government states that bilateral offset arrangements shall be terminated when the agreement expires on 31 March 1980.