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Volume 167: debated on Monday 12 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made as to the implications for the Trident programme of the successful completion of the next stage of the CFE talks (CFE II).

The current CFE negotiations have yet to be completed; not until that has been accomplished can the Government assess possible further steps on conventional arms control. On the separate issue of nuclear arms control, the United Kingdom's position on including our strategic deterrent in negotiations is well known and I refer the hon. Member to paragraph 215 of the Statement on the Defence Estimates 1989, volume 1 (Cm. 675–1).