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Disarmament Talks

Volume 82: debated on Tuesday 2 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the statistical information in regard to the nuclear balance as set out in annex A Defence Estimates 1985 vol. 1 has been verified and numerically agreed with both the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the Soviet Union; and what are the reasons for the discrepancies between annex A and the statistics submitted by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics for consideration by the current Geneva talks.

The statistical information referred to is consistent with NATO assessments available at the time that the Statement on the Defence Estimates was being prepared. If the hon. Member has any particular statistical discrepancies in mind, I will be glad to examine them.