§ Sir Dudley Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the latest assessment of the Soviet military presence on the Kola peninsula; and if there have been any noticeable reductions in recent months.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
There have been no significant reductions in recent months in either the level of activity or size of the Soviet military presence (including the northern fleet) on the Kola peninsula. The northern fleet continues to evolve as an increasingly modern and professional force; we believe other forces are essentially unchanged.