§ Sir John Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the United Kingdom will contribute to the proposed maritime force to protect international shipping in the Gulf; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Renton
No formal proposal for an international maritime force has been made. We would envisage considerable difficulties in the organisation and operation of such a force, but any formal proposal would of course, be given serious consideration.