HL Deb 12 December 1990 vol 524 c32WA
Lord Kennet

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the statement made by Lieutenant General Sir Peter de la Billière in his briefing to Saudi journalists, that "if … there is a war it will be a short one …" was made with their specific approval and represents their considered view.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (The Earl of Arran)

The Government hope that Iraq will comply with the terms of United Nations Security Council resolutions as soon as possible. Lieutenant-General Sir Peter de la Billière was commenting in his capacity as British Forces Commander Middle East.