HC Deb 12 July 1983 vol 45 c757
17. Mr. Stanbrook

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he is satisfied with the existing arrangements for the defence of the British dependent territories against external attack.

Mr. Stanley

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Stanbrook

As many British islands around the world have no local garrisons and are in strategically exposed positions, is my hon. Friend satisfied that we can reach them quickly, in adequate force in time of emergency?

Mr. Stanley

I assure my hon. Friend that we regularly consider our defence and security obligations towards our dependent territories in relation to the threat as assessed. That process takes place continually.

Mr. Fisher

Will the defence of British dependent territories be influenced by the public expenditure cuts announced last week?

Mr. Stanley

We have already made it clear that a small reduction must he made in the totality of the defence budget this year. Future years will be dealt with in the public expenditure cycle in the usual way.