HC Deb 25 April 1986 vol 96 c262W
Mr. Gerald Howarth

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost to the United Kingdom taxpayer of providing the equivalent defence capability were the United States of America to withdraw all United States personnel and equipment from its bases within the United Kingdom.

Mr. Stanley

The cost would be enormous. I regret that an actual estimate on the basis requested by my hon. Friend could be provided only at disroportionate cost.

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