§ Sir Richard Glyn
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what tactical nuclear weapons are to be available for the British Army of the Rhine in the immediate future and in the 1970's; and whether he is satisfied that these will be adequate to protect British troops from attack by overwhelming conventional forces.
§ Mr. Healey
The British Army of the Rhine is equipped with the surface-to-surface guided weapon, Corporal, the free flight rocket, Honest John, and the 8-inch howitzer, all of which have a nuclear capability. Corporal, an obsolescent weapon system, is being withdrawn194W at the end of this year without replacement. Honest John and the 8-inch howitzer will continue in service into the 1970s.
An attack by overwhelming conventional forces would be met by the combined forces of the N.A.T.O. Alliance.