HC Deb 26 March 1969 vol 780 c1607
22. Rear-Admiral Morgan-Giles

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what was the average mileage steamed by destroyers/frigates during the year 1967–68.

Dr. David Owen

For security reasons, which have already been explained to the hon. and gallant Member, I am not prepared to quote these figures.

Rear-Admiral Morgan-Giles

Why is the hon. Gentleman so cagey about the Soviet Fleet off our shores this morning? Or is this more malice than ignorance on the part of Mr. Chapman Pincher?

Dr. Owen

It is not a question of malice or ignorance. We are not in any way cagey about the question of Russian ships being off our shores. Anyone need only read the Defence Estimates to see this.