HC Deb 20 April 1972 vol 835 c128W
Rear-Admiral Morgan-Giles

asked the Minister of State for Defence whether he is satisfied with the arrangements for the protection of British merchant shipping off the east coast of Africa; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Kirk

Yes. As the House knows Her Majesty's ships and RAF aircraft are regularly deployed east of the Cape; and these could be reinforced if the need arose.