HC Deb 21 April 1958 vol 586 c52W
60. Mr. Stonehouse

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the need to reduce tension in Central Europe, he will oppose the arming of Western Germany with nuclear weapons.

Commander Noble

I would like to make it clear that there has never been any question of arming Western Germany with nuclear weapons except in the sense of establishing stock-piles of nuclear warheads in Western Germany under American control and of the West German forces being equipped with weapons to which these war-heads could be fitted. At the meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Heads of Government in December, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military authorities were requested to submit to the North Atlantic Council their recommendations about the establishment of such stock-piles. They have not yet done this. Her Majesty's Government will decide their attitude in the light of these recommendations when they have been made.