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Nuclear Deterrent

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Prime Minister what (a) approval for and (b) instructions relating to additional expenditure on replacing the UK's existing nuclear deterrent he has given to (i) the Ministry of Defence and (ii) HM Treasury since April 2005; and if he will make a statement. (81682)

I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave the right hon. Member for Witney (Mr. Cameron) at Prime Minister's Questions on 28 June 2006, Official Report, columns 253-4.

To ask the Prime Minister whether he gave prior approval for the reference to replacing the UK's nuclear deterrent in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Mansion House speech; and if he will make a statement. (81683)

I have regular meetings and discussions with ministerial colleagues and others on a wide range of subjects. Information relating to internal meetings, discussion and advice is not disclosed as to do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion.

To ask the Prime Minister what discussions (a) he and (b) staff at 10 Downing Street have had with (i) President Bush and (ii) White House staff since April 2005 about sustaining the UK's nuclear deterrent; and if he will make a statement. (81684)

It is not the practice of the Government to make public details of all discussions with foreign Governments.