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Nuclear Deterrent

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is his policy to retain a strategic nuclear deterrent in the long-term. (81534)

The Labour party manifesto at the 2005 general election committed the Government to retaining the United Kingdom's independent nuclear deterrent. We have previously made clear that this commitment effectively applies for the life of the current system. No decisions, either in principle or detail, have yet been taken on the position beyond that point. But as my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister made clear in the House on 28 June, these decisions will be taken later this year.