§ Mr. Sillars
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has of East German and Polish cuts in troop numbers, tanks and aircraft over the period 1988–1991.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
Following President Gorbachev's announcement in late 1988 about intended Soviet force reductions, East Germany announced that it would make unilateral cuts of 10,000 troops, 600 tanks, and 50 aircraft, and Poland announced that it would cut 40,000 troops, 850 tanks, and 80 aircraft, in the period up to 1991. Some of these cuts have already taken place. It is difficult to forecast progress, but we have no reason to believe that they will not adhere to their reduction programmes.