HC Deb 06 December 1979 vol 975 c316W
Mr. Newens

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the purpose of the stationing of a small Royal Navy contingent at Diego Garcia.

Mr. Speed

The Royal Navy contingent provides a British presence at Diego Garcia, which is part of the British Indian Ocean territory; and assists in the operation of the support facility located there. The officer in charge also acts as the representative of the commissioner of the British Indian Ocean territory.

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