HC Deb 09 August 1966 vol 733 cc306-7W
67. Mr. Derek Page

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether, in view of the economic position, he will now reduce British forces in Germany from 50,000 to a token force of 5,000, thus retaining the moral commitment but saving £80 million a year in foreign exchange and releasing £200 million sterling for British industrial development.

Mr. Healey

The size of any reduction in our forces in Germany will be dictated by the need to bring the foreign exchange costs down to the level covered by offset and other payments.