HC Deb 26 March 1969 vol 780 cc1611-2
27. Mr. Albert Roberts

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what rôle Gibraltar plays in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation strategy in the defence of Western Europe and the maintenance of free shipping lanes in the Mediterranean Sea.

Mr. Healey

Gibraltar provides airfield, communications and naval dockyard facilities.

Mr. Roberts

Is any consideration being given to some part of the cost being borne by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation?

Mr. Healey

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation does not bear any costs in Gibraltar, other than some of the costs associated with the presence of a N.A.T.O. commander there. Costs of contributions to N.A.T.O. are borne by the Governments concerned.

Rear-Admiral Morgan-Giles

Will the Secretary of State undertake to keep the House informed about the Soviet Fleet that is being shadowed by N.A.T.O. forces at present, including British forces?

Mr. Healey

This is a completely different question, and I will consider what information I give to the House. Her Majesty's forces, and N.A.T.O. forces, carry out a great deal of surveillance on the activities of other naval forces in the world and we do not always consider it desirable to keep the House continuously informed.

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