§ Sir Antony Buck
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of Exercise Purple Venture on the United Kingdom's relations with the countries in Latin America.
§ Mr. Eggar
Exercise Purple Venture has no relevance to our relations with countries in Latin America. Purple Venture is essentially a paper exercise, although a command and communications element will deploy to Ascension Island. It is a routine command post exercise designed to test command and control procedures. It has nothing whatever to do with the Falkland Islands.