§ Mr. O'Neill
asked the Secretary of State for Defence when the Royal Navy last carried out an exercise which involved the formation and escort of a convoy across the Atlantic.
§ Mr. Stanley
The Royal Navy, in conjunction with other NATO navies, regularly practises the protection of convoys. The last exercise involving a convoy across the Atlantic was the NATO exercise Ocean Safari in August-September 1985 referred to in paragraph 2 of Annex B of "The Statement on the Defence Estimates 1986" (Cmnd. 9763-I).