HC Deb 01 March 1967 vol 742 cc489-90
16. Mr. Evelyn King

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what proposals he has for the defence budget in the light of Government policy in Rhodesia and Southern Africa.

Mr. Healey

My proposals for the defence budget are made in the light of Government policy world wide. In short, they are to achieve efficiency and economy whilst continuing to meet our defence obligations.

Mr. King

Would the Minister reveal to the House the full and accurate cost of maintaining aircraft carriers and other military and air force expenditure opposite Beira during the past year? Would he give an undertaking that no provision has been made for any future military adventures in that area?

Mr. Healey

On the first question, all I can say is that the additional costs arising specifically from the Beira patrol are estimated at about £100,000 a year.