§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what study he is making in the light of the Falklands War of the requisitioning of civil resources for military purposes.
§ Mr. Blaker
A number of arrangements whereby the military could make use of, for example, civil transport in time of emergency, were well established before the Falklands crisis. The Statement on the Defence Estimates 1982 (Cmnd. 8529), indicated the Government's intention to examine further possibilities for national resources to contribute more effectively to our defence effort. The Falklands crisis demonstrated the considerable value of such arrangements and a number of studies are being undertaken in consultation with civil Departments and other parties concerned.