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Nuclear Weapons

Volume 990: debated on Thursday 7 August 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether any other member of NATO is or would be subject to joint decision with the United States over the use of nuclear weapons; and whether there is an established policy of the NATO Ministers on this subject.

The United States and United Kingdom, as the two nuclear powers committing forces to the integrated military structure of NATO, have agreed with their allies procedures for consultation over the use of nuclear weapons. The details are confidential. Any bilateral arrangements between the United States and other members of the Alliance associated with the deployment of nuclear weapons are, of course, matters for the countries concerned.