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British Forces, Europe

Volume 649: debated on Wednesday 22 November 1961

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asked the Minister of Defence to what extent British forces in Europe are trained and equipped to conform to the doctrine, announced by General Norstad at the recent conference of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation parliamentarians, that nuclear weapons must be available for use if necessary during operations designed to impose a pause.

British forces in Europe are trained, deployed and equipped to meet the agreed requirements of the N.A.T.O. Supreme Commander in accordance with accepted N.A.T.O. strategy. It would be wrong to inform a possible aggressor in advance of the circumstances in which nuclear weapons would or would not be used.