The British Government today (February 17) published its defence estimates for 1971-1972 in a white paper (Government document).
CU Lord Carrington SOUND STARTS: "Five years ago......"
(SOUND CONTINUES OVER FILM TO END) GVs U.S.S.R. naval vessels in Indian Ocean - KRUPNY Class missile destroyer; conventional submarine; KRUPNY Class missile destroyer; Don Class supply ship (one of 12 in Indian Ocean); conventional submarine; two Cotlin Class destroyers; (6 shots) SOUND ENDS: "...not only in Europe but everywhere."
LORD CARRINGTON: "Five years ago there was no Russian presence in the Indian Ocean at all. There are now a number of Soviet warships and submarines and I think that the British Government and, I would have thought, the other governments have to take count of that. And we've taken count of it by increasing our forces there."
REPORTER (off camera): "The White Paper's policy statement does lay emphasis on Britain's continuing responsibility and interests outside the NATO area. You seem to be laying a lot of stress on that at this time. Can you explain?"
CARRINGTON: "Well, I don't believe that defence is divisible into two separate halves -- one inside Europe and one outside Europe. I think the threat which is posed to the West isn't only in Europe -- I think it's all over the world by the Soviet and one of the developments which has taken place recently and increasingly has been the world-wide capability -- ocean-going capability -- of the Soviet fleet. And this, I think, one has to take count of. And this is what I meant when I said earlier on today that we, the British, feel that our defence lies not only in Europe but everywhere."
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Background: The British Government today (February 17) published its defence estimates for 1971-1972 in a white paper (Government document). The Minister of Defence, Lord Carrington, who presented the paper to Parliament, said in a television interview that Britain's basic security continued to depend on the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. But he added that Britain would increase its forces East of Suez to combat especially the U.S.S.R. naval presence in the Indian Ocean. This production, recorded from BBC television, shows Lord Carrington explaining this Indian Ocean threat in relation to NATO commitments. He speaks over film showing some of the U.S.S.R. naval equipment in the Indian Ocean.