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Nuclear Defence Expenditure

Volume 14: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1981

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20.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is his estimate of the annual saving to his Department if tactical and theatre nuclear weapons in Europe and British-based nuclear submarines were taken out of defence spending.

The United Kingdom's contribution to the Alliance's nuclear deterrent at both the theatre and strategic level amounts to less than 5 per cent. of the total defence budget.

31.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the total annual cost at present of the United Kingdom's nuclear weapons.

Expenditure on the United Kingdom's nuclear strategic force in 1981–82 is estimated to be £269 million.