Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th February 1994.

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Photo of Mr Jacques Arnold Mr Jacques Arnold , Gravesham 12:00 am, 8th February 1994

Will my right hon. and learned Friend bear in mind that those most keen to be first in, such as the Front-Bench spokesmen of the Labour and Liberal Democratic parties, are often also first out, as was seen during the Falklands crisis? If we were to intervene militarily it would be at the expense of our relief work in Bosnia and we should run the risk of becoming bogged down in the Balkans—something which successive British Governments have avoided for a century.