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Underground Nuclear Tests

Volume 115: debated on Tuesday 28 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if United Kingdom underground nuclear tests are for purposes other than the Trident ballistic missile programme;(2) if United Kingdom underground nuclear testing will be required once the Trident ballistic missiles are in service;(3) if continued United Kingdom underground nuclear testing is necessary for

(a) safety and (b) operational reasons.

It is not our practice to identify the specific purpose of any joint United Kingdom-United States underground test or the weapons programme it supports.