§ Mr. Hugh Jenkins
asked the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what progress he has made in seeking the removal of the United States Polaris bases from Great Britain;
(2) if he is seeking the removal of American Polaris bases from Great Britain; and, if so what progress he is making.
§ Mr. Mason
As our election manifesto says, starting from the basis of multilateral disarmament negotiations we will seek the removal of United States bases. The intention, of course, is to establish conditions in which we can all have a permament confidence in our security. We are pursuing several practical measures in the arms control and disarmament field, but we are still some way from establishing these conditions.
§ Mr. Litterick
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his Department's ability to meet the continuing obligations under the terms of the UK-USA Agreement of 1947.