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Nuclear Warheads

Volume 14: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is his estimate of the total number of nuclear warheads possessed by the United States of America, the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom.

It has not been the practice of the United Kingdom, United States or Soviet Governments to reveal the total numbers of nuclear warheads in the stockpiles. Comparisons of the numbers of nuclear delivery systems deployed by NATO and the Soviet Union are set out in figure 2 of the "Statement on the Defence Estimates 1981".