asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take further steps to increase the potential fighting capability of the British Army of the Rhine.
I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Tynemouth (Mr. Trotter) on 23 March when I listed the major improvements to 1(BR) Corps' fighting capability since this Government took office.—[Vol. 20, c. 787.] The progressive implementation of the re-equipment programme outlined in Cmnd. 8288 will result in further improvements in front-line equipment, stock levels and staying power. We shall continue to take the necessary steps to ensure that 1(BR) Corps' fighting capability remains commensurate with the threat.