HC Deb 22 June 1972 vol 839 c695
9. Mr. Dalyell

asked the Minister of State for Defence what new consideration he is giving, in the light of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, as to the long-term level of military research in Great Britain, appropriate to the size of the nation.

Lord Balniel

I have nothing to add to my reply to the hon. Member for West Ham, North (Mr. Arthur Lewis) on 8th June.—[Vol. 838, c. 135.]

Mr. Dalyell

Does that mean that SALT is having no effect on the long-term thinking of the Department in relation to research?

Lord Balniel

No, Sir. We have been closely consulted in the bilateral talks between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and we have contributed to the SALT discussions, which I think the whole House agrees have been a great step forward.