Malta (Military and Naval Facilities)

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th February 1970.

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Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Surbiton 12:00 am, 4th February 1970

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what changes he proposes in the establishment and use of the military and naval facilities in Malta, in the light of the agreement reached on the withdrawal of British troops from Libya.

Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Surbiton

Is this not an opportunity to help both Malta and ourselves without increasing the defence forces or reducing our defence capability in the Mediterranean area?

Photo of Mr Denis Healey Mr Denis Healey , Leeds East

This opportunity is, of course, always there, but the withdrawal of British troops from Libya does not affect British requirements in Malta. The presence of British troops in Malta has been largely justified by the defence commitment to Libya which is now terminated.