§ Mr. Cronin
Is it not the case that the mobility conferred by air, including helicopters on ships, is such that the need for specially committed forces outside NATO is much less now than previously?
§ Mr. Mason
We have cut back considerably on our international commitments and, in consequence, cut our transport force by about 50 per cent. If we had to deploy world-wide we could do so, but it would take longer and the routes might be more difficult. However, 205 as we have cut back on our international commitments I do not see us having to deploy world-wide as often as in the past.
§ Mr. Goodhew
What co-operation has the Secretary of State sought from other NATO Powers to help in the defence of British and NATO interests in Southern Africa?