HC Deb 18 February 1963 vol 672 c20W
Mr. P. Noel-Baker

asked the Secretary of State for War what exercises were carried out by units of the British Army during 1962; how many troops took part; to what extent there was simulated use of nuclear weapons; and what was the result.

Mr. Profumo

Exercises were carried out by every unit in the British Army in 1962. Amongst these there were eight Brigade Group exercises in which the use of nuclear weapons was assumed. The result was to familiarise commanders and troops with the offensive and defensive tactics best suited to the use of their weapons and to give them experience of the operational and logistic problems with which they might be faced in war.