§ 12. Mr. Litterick
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it known to the other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation representatives at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit meeting on 30th May that Her Majesty's Government are opposed to the deployment of the neutron bomb on British territory.
§ Mr. Litterick
I thank the Minister for his answer, but does he not agree that the original decision to deploy nuclear weapons in the United Kingdom automatically made the British people a target for Russian nuclear weapons? Does he agrees that it would be extremely ill advised, if not on moral grounds, at least on practical grounds, to agree at the forthcoming conference with Carter and other NATO Heads of State to the deployment of this terrifying weapon in Britain—which would automatically subject the British people to retaliation by similar weapons—particularly if the permission of the British people is not asked?
§ Mr. Judd
I should like to emphasise that there is no question of a decision being taken on this matter without all aspects of the matter being thoroughly considered. I am sure that my hon. Friend is aware that the rationale advanced for the development of ERW is for a particular defensive rôle against tank forma- 1430 tions in the battlefield area if nuclear weapons ever have to be used.