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Nuclear Weapon Policy

Volume 571: debated on Monday 29 April 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will undertake never to fire a nuclear missile against a non-nuclear state.

The United Kingdom has given an assurance that we will not use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapon states parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons except in the case of an invasion or any other attack on the United Kingdom, its dependent territories, its armed forces or other troops, its allies or on a state towards which it has a security commitment, carried out or sustained by such a non-nuclear weapon state in association or alliance with a nuclear-weapon state.

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will undertake not to be the first to fire a nuclear missile with intent to kill.

I refer the noble Lord to my Answer to him of 28th February 1996 (Official Report, col. WA 103).