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Trident Missiles

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 15 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his timetable is for reducing the number of Trident warheads to below 160. (164136)

The December 2006 White Paper: The Future of the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Deterrent (Cm 6994) announced a further reduction in our holdings of operationally available nuclear warheads, in line with the UK’s commitment to maintain only the minimum necessary deterrent. I can confirm that we have now reduced the number of operationally available warheads from fewer than 200 to fewer than 160.