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Cruise Missiles

Volume 114: debated on Monday 6 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what is his policy on the future role of dual-capable United States Air Force F-111 aircraft based in Britain in the light of the proposal by the commander-in-chief of the United States Strategic Air Command that these aircraft should be converted to carry air-launched cruise missiles in the event of all intermediate range nuclear force missiles being removed from Europe;(2) what consideration is being given by his Department to the role of nuclear-armed air-launched cruise or standoff missiles in the event of the complete removal of intermediate range nuclear force missiles from Europe.

[pursuant to his reply, 31 March 1987, c. 453–54]: The implications of removing LR I N F. missiles from Europe for the remaining theatre nuclear stockpile are under review in NATO. No conclusions have yet been reached.