§ Mr. Churchill
asked the Secretary of State for Defence by what date it will be necessary for Her Majesty's Government to take a decision on a system to replace the Polaris force if the United Kingdom's independent nuclear deterrent capability is to be maintained into the future.
§ Mr. Mulley
The time has not yet come for a decision to be taken on whether to proceed with a new generation of strategic nuclear weapons to succeed the present Polaris force, since this will remain effective until the early 1990s. If it were decided to proceed, the time scale would be dependent upon the option chosen.