§ 29. Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what savings there will be from the withdrawal from South Africa of the Commander-in-Chief and his staff, following the revision of the Simonstown Agreement; and whether the frigate now stationed there will be recommissioned.
§ Mr. Healey
A naval and civilian staff of over 100 will be reduced to the small number required to support the Senior British Naval Officer (South Africa). The frigate to be withdrawn88W is required elsewhere to give the Fleet more flexibility in meeting its other tasks.