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Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the atomic weapons research establishment, Aldermaston, has the capacity to undertake production of warheads for the Trident programme and for the tactical air-to-surface missile replacement for the WE177 free-fall bomb simultaneously.

No decisions have yet been taken on a replacement for the existing free-fall nuclear bomb. It would not be in the national interest to discuss in detail the production capacity of the atomic weapons establishment.