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Nuclear Weapons

Volume 115: debated on Tuesday 5 May 1987

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25.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received urging him to increase the number of short range nuclear weapons in Europe; and if he will make a statement.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff, West (Mr. Terlezki) on 24 March at column 156. Since then, as my hon. Friend will be aware, the Soviet Union has made new INF proposals which are being carefully examined in conjunction with our allies.

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received about the adequacy of the United Kingdom early warning system in relation to an attack with nuclear weapons and the time afforded to the public to take shelter; and if he will make a statement.

I am not aware of any such representations recently.I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Dalyell) on 19 January at column

455.

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received concerning Her Majesty's Government's role in the implementation of the Montebello decision of the NATO planning group, regarding short-range nuclear weapons.

Since the beginning of the year my Department has received about 20 representations.