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Strategic Forces (Analysis)

Volume 79: debated on Monday 20 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence why the factor of accuracy is not included in the assessment and analysis of strategic forces made in paragraph 22 of annex A of the defence Estimates.

The basis of the approach adopted in annex A to the "Statement on the Defence Estimates 1985" is explained fully in paragraphs 1 to 5 and 19 of the annex. The accuracy of weapon systems is one of many qualitative factors which are relevant in compiling a complete assessment of the military balance but which cannot be readily quantified.