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Nuclear Weapons Testing

Volume 181: debated on Tuesday 20 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the nuclear weapons testing programme.

The United Kingdom carried out an underground nuclear test at the United States Department of Energy's Nevada test site on Wednesday 14 November. Such tests are carried out under the 1958 United States-United Kingdom agreement for mutual co-operation for defence purposes and are necessary to maintain the effectiveness of the nuclear deterrent.