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Standing Military Forces

Volume 174: debated on Tuesday 12 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are to alter the readiness and availability of British standing military forces.

The last ministerial session of the defence planning committee on 22 and 23 May decided to take steps to lower the readiness and availability of some of the alliance's standing forces. A copy of the communiqué is in the Library of the House. Work is in hand on the implications for British forces.