• Short Summary

    BRITAIN'S DEFENCE POLICY IS BEING DISCUSSED BY SENIOR MINISTERS AT PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON'S OFFICIAL COUNTRY RESIDENCE "CHEQUERS", THIS WEEKEND.

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    BRITAIN'S DEFENCE POLICY IS BEING DISCUSSED BY SENIOR MINISTERS AT PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON'S OFFICIAL COUNTRY RESIDENCE "CHEQUERS", THIS WEEKEND. MINISTERS WILL DRAW UP THE BROAD LINES OF DEFENCE PHILOSOPHY WITH DEFENCE CHIEFS PREPARATORY TO HAMMERING THEM INTO A CLEARCUT POLICY AT LATER CABINET MEETINGS.

    AN AUTHORITIVE GOVERNMENT SOURCE SAID THAT THERE IS NO FIXED AGENDA AND NO COMMUNIQUE WILL BE ISSUED ON THE TALKS WHICH COME TWO WEEKS BEFORE MR. WILSON'S MEETING WITH THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT.

    THE NEW LABOUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN CONCERNED OVER THE ASTRONOMIC COSTS OF VARIOUS DEFENCE PROJECTS: DRASTIC PRUNING IS THEREFORE GENERALLY EXPECTED. THE MAIN DOUBT CENTRES ON THE FUTURE OF THE POLARIS FLEET WHICH CANNOT BE USED FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE THAN AS A BRITISH INDEPENDENT DETERRENT.

    APART FROM POLARIS, DOUBTS EXIST OVER THE BUILDING OF A 60,000 TON AIRCRAFT CARRIER ON WHICH WORK HAS ALREADY BEEN SUSPENDED. ON GROUNDS OF COST ALONE, LABOUR'S PRINCIPAL MINISTERS WANT THE ORDER CANCELLED. OVER STRATEGIC ASPECTS, THE SERVICE MINISTERS ARE INCLINED TO THINK THAT SUCH A SHIP IS TOO LARGE AND VULNERABLE TO AIR AND MISSILE ATTACK.

    MONEY WOULD BE BETTER SPENT, ARGUE SOME EXPERTS, ON THE PHENOMENAL TSR2 NEW SUPERSONIC STRIKE AIRCRAFT. IT HAS ABILITY TO DELIVER CRIPPLING ATTACKS BY FLYING UNDER AN ENEMY RADAR SCREEN. THE COST IS BELIEVED TO BE ABOUT GBP250 MILLION - AND THE PROTOTYPE FLEW ONLY TWO MONTHS AGO. THE P1127 VERTICAL TAKE-OFF JET IS ANOTHER AIRCRAFT WHOSE PECULIAR TALENTS WOULD CHANGE THE DIMENSIONS OF ANY FURTHER WARS. THE HIGH COST OF MAINTAINING BRITAIN'S V-BOMBER FLEET, AND THE EVEN GREATER COST OF REPLACING IT - THESE ARE PROBLEMS MR. WILSON'S COLLEAGUES AND DEFENCE EXPERTS WILL THRASH OUT DURING THE NEXT TWO DAYS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA53NTKJA25FQJNQJWI6VV5LD71
    Media URN:
    VLVA53NTKJA25FQJNQJWI6VV5LD71
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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