HC Deb 30 January 1963 vol 670 cc181-2W
13. Dr. Bray

asked the Minister of Defence how long he estimates it would take to transfer any future British Polaris submarine from multilateral to exclusively British command; for how long after such transfer the Polaris deterrent would remain credible without United States maintenance communications, and logistical support; what arrangements have been made for the United States of America to resume its support after a period of independent British command; and what agreement has been reached.

Mr. Thorneycroft

I am satisfied that we shall be able to make arrangements that will ensure that the British Polaris submarine force will be immediately available to Her Majesty's Government for effective independent use at all times when and for as long as supreme national interests are at stake.

20. Mr. Lee

asked the Minister of Defence from what source he proposes to obtain the enriched uranium with which to fuel Polaris-carrying submarines.

Mr. Thorneycroft

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