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Nuclear Weapons Use

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the UK would be prepared to use nuclear weapons against a (a) nuclear and (b) non-nuclear adversary; under what circumstances the UK would use nuclear weapons; and if he will make a statement. (116652)

I have nothing to add to paragraph 2-11 and section 3 of the White Paper ‘The Future of the United Kingdom's Nuclear Deterrent’ (Cm 6994), published on 4 December 2006, copies of which are available in the Library of the House. We would only consider using nuclear weapons in self-defence and even then only in extreme circumstances.