HC Deb 18 July 1969 vol 787 c211W
Dame Joan Vickers

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether, in view of Recommendation 185 on the political implications of the Soviet intervention in the Mediterranean adopted by the Assembly of the Western European Union on 18th June, 1969, Her Majesty's Government will now support the on-call naval squadron established in the Mediterranean by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to deal with any increase in the Soviet political and military threat in that region.

Mr. Mulley

At their meeting in Brussels on 28th May the Defence Planning Committee of the North Atlantic Alliance approved the establishment of a naval on-call force for the Mediterranean. We shall contribute from our permanent force of frigates in the Mediterranean.