Strategic Defence Review

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the House of Commons at 2:33 pm on 10th May 1999.

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Photo of Sir Sydney Chapman Sir Sydney Chapman Conservative, Chipping Barnet 2:33 pm, 10th May 1999

In the light of the recent strategic defence review, is the Secretary of State satisfied that our armed services can currently sustain two medium-level operations for more than a six-month period, or more than two medium-level operations for up to six months? In the light of recent events—not least in south-east Europe—does he agree that that is the minimum requirement around which our defence policy should be framed for the future?