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West Berlin

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 15 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence, in the event of either a conventional war in Europe or one in which theatre nuclear weapons are used, how the British Government intend to defend West Berlin.

The British forces in Berlin are highly trained and well equipped. Their presence, together with forces of France and the United States, represents the determination of the three Powers to maintain their rights and responsibilities relating to the city and their commitment to protect Berlin's freedom and viability. The other member States of NATO are committed to support the position of the three Powers. I cannot, of course, discuss operational plans.