Skip to main content

Cruise Missile

Volume 938: debated on Monday 7 November 1977

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made in evaluating the Cruise missile ; and if he has any plans to acquire any version of it for the Armed Services.

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the type of long-range cruise missile under development in the United States. We are continuing to study the characteristics of such weapons in order to take part in consultations concerning their possible deployment in the Alliance. We have no plans to acquire them.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he has studied the report submitted to him by the Royal United Services Institute entitled "The Future of the British Nuclear Deterrent: Technical, Economic and Strategic Issues "; and if he has reached any decision on its recommendations in regard to the Cruise missile.

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the private study of that title by the Royal Institute of

March 15,0005,4006,0003,60014,2004,6006,2003,400

International Affairs. We have no plans for a successor to the Polaris force, which has many years of effective life ahead of it.