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Volume 14: debated on Thursday 3 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what view he takes of the Soviet development of Maputo in Mozambique as a deep-water military harbour in formulating deployment patterns of Her Majesty's ships and assessing future needs.

The continuing expansion world-wide of Soviet military potential is inevitably a cause for concern. As stated in Cmnd. 8288, we are enhancing our capability to protect our interests outside the NATO area: for instance, we plan next year to resume substantial naval task group deployments.