HC Deb 06 February 1963 vol 671 c445
34. Mr. Wigg

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will state the atomic tactical weapons of British manufacture now in use in the British Army.

Mr. Profumo

There are none, Sir.

Mr. Wigg

Will the right hon. Gentleman inform the Prime Minister of that reply, because when I asked this Question of the Prime Minister be said that he would not weary the House by giving a list? The Prime Minister also went on to state that the answer had already been given by the Minister of Defence. Can we now take it that (a) the Prime Minister did not know and that (b) the Minister of Defence knew but would not say?

Mr. Profttmo

Certainly not. I cannot accept any of that. The situation was that the Minister of Defence was talking about our deterrent forces and not about the Army tactical nuclear weapons. The Prime Minister said that he did not want to weary the House by going into details on those weapons.

Mr. Wigg

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I beg to give notice that I shall seek to raise this matter on the Adjournment at the earliest opportunity.