§ 19. Mr. G. Campbell
asked the Secretary of State for Defence when the third and fourth Polaris submarines are due to be commissioned.
§ Mr. Campbell
For how long is this independent deterrent to be retained? In particular, are the Government planning to develop a more modern warhead for the missiles to prolong the life of the Polaris system?
§ Mr. Hale
In view of the Prime Minister's clear undertaking on this question, may we be assured that all these had, at the time of the 1964 election, reached a stage at which it was impossible to stop their progress or cancel their production because they could not be adapted for any other purposes?
§ Mr. James Davidson
I should like to ask the Minister what estimate has been made of the running expenses of the Polaris submarines when they are commissioned.
§ Mr. Rankin
Will my hon. Friend ensure that when either of these is launched there is no mud about, because the last one was a very undignified spectacle?