• Short Summary

    THE BRITISH DEFENCE MINISTER, MR DENIS HEALEY AND THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, MR MICHAEL STEWART, FLEW TO WASHINGTON TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO OPEN DISCUSSIONS THAT WILL LARGELY DETERMINE THE SIZE, SHAPE AND DEPLOYMENT OF BRITISH FORCES IN THE NEXT DECADE.

  • Description


    MR HEALEY BOARDING PLANE, MR STEWART INTERVIEWED (SOF) AND MR STEWART BOARDING PLANE



    TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: MR STEWART, WHAT ARE BRITAIN'S TERMS FOR HELPING AMERICA KEEP THE PEACE IN THE FAR EAST IN THE FUTURE.



    STEWART: WELL YOU MUSTN'T PUT IT LIKE THAT, THE WAY IN WHICH WE'RE GOING TO HANDLE THIS MATTER IS THIS. WE FORMED, THE MINISTER CHIEFLY CONCERNED, CERTAIN PROVISIONAL CONCLUSIONS ABOUT DEFENCE. NOW IT'S DESIRABLE TO CONSULT ABOUT THAT WITH OUR ALLIES AND THEN IN THE LIGHT OF THOSE CONSULTATIONS, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE TO DECIDE WHAT POLICY IS TO BE.



    QUESTION: HAS IT BEEN MADE CLEAR TO THE AMERICANS, OR ANYONE YET, THAT BRITAIN NO LONGER SUFFERS DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR ABOUT HER WORLD ROLE.



    STEWART: THAT I THINK IS CLEAR, IF WE EVER DID SUFFER FROM THOSE DELUSIONS, THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT MADE IT QUITE CLEAR THAT WE WERE NOT GOING TO SHARE THEM. THE WHOLE POINT IS WE'VE GOT TO HAVE THE PROPER BALANCE BETWEEN OUR RESPONSIBILITIES AND OUR RESOURCES. IF YOU OVERSTRAIN YOUR RESOURCES, YOU WEAKEN THE COUNTRY'S ECONOMIC POSITION AND SO IN THE END YOU BECOME LESS INFLUENTIAL IN THE WORLD AS A WHOLE. THAT'S THE ERROR WE HAVE TO AVOID.



    INTERVIEWER: MR STEWART, THANK YOU.




    Initials



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    Background: THE BRITISH DEFENCE MINISTER, MR DENIS HEALEY AND THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, MR MICHAEL STEWART, FLEW TO WASHINGTON TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO OPEN DISCUSSIONS THAT WILL LARGELY DETERMINE THE SIZE, SHAPE AND DEPLOYMENT OF BRITISH FORCES IN THE NEXT DECADE.

    LESS THAN A MONTH FROM NOW THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WILL REVEAL THE RESULTS OF ITS 14-MONTH-OLD DEFENCE REVIEW AIMED AT LIMITING DEFENCE COSTS AN ANNUAL 2,000 MILLION POUNDS.

    MR HEALEY AND MR STEWART WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSING BRITAIN'S FUTURE STRATEGY EAST OF SUEZ AND MR HEALEY WILL PURSUE THIS VITAL ASPECT OF BRITAIN'S FUTURE COMMITMENTS WHEN HE HAS TALKS AT THE END OF THIS MONTH WITH AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND MINISTERS. MR STEWART WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE LATEST VIETNAM AND RHODESIAN DEVELOPMENTS AND OTHER KEY INTERNATIONAL ISSUES. BEFORE HE LEFT TODAY, MR STEWART WAS INTERVIEWED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2TBB8D1RPKXM87ME349NVTOI4
    Media URN:
    VLVA2TBB8D1RPKXM87ME349NVTOI4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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