Mediterranean and East of Suez

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th January 1967.

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Photo of Mr Denis Healey Mr Denis Healey , Leeds East 12:00 am, 18th January 1967

The big difference between the decisions envisaged and reported to the House in last year's White Paper and some of the decisions which I have indicated to the House on recent occasions is that, because of the balance of payments crisis last July, the Government decided to accelerate many of the redeployments which they envisaged by up to two years compared with the 1969–70 target. That means that the country will be benefiting in its foreign exchange by decisions taken since the Defence Review to a very large degree.