§ 18. Mr. P. Williams
asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in the future, it is intended to use the V-bomber force in a tactical capacity.
§ Mr. H. Fraser
The V-bomber force will continue to provide the British strategic nuclear deterrent as explained in my Air Estimates Memorandum. Valiant squadrons will continue to be assigned to SACEUR in the tactical rôle in accordance with the arrangements which have already been in force for some years. The force can, of course, be used either with nuclear or conventional weapons for a wide variety of tasks.