HC Deb 30 March 1988 vol 130 c520W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what conditions he considers are required to accept the Soviet Union proposal of a freeze on naval forces in the Mediterranean from 1 July; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mellor

We cannot support this Soviet proposal. A freeze on naval forces would constrain NATO's ability to reinforce Europe by sea in times of crisis, on which our defensive strategy depends, without significantly affecting the Warsaw pact's military capability.