HC Deb 26 January 1979 vol 961 c267W
Mr. Churchill

asked the Secretary of State for Defence, in the light of the increasing nuclear threat to the United Kingdom posed by the USSR's deployment of SS-20 mobile intermediary-range ballistic missiles and the Backfire nuclear strike bomber, what plans he has to modify and modernise the RAF's V-bomber force beyond 1982, on the lines of the United States Air Force's programme for the B-52 force.

Mr. Wellbeloved

None. On present plans the Tornado will replace the RAF's Vulcans in the strike role in the early 1980s and the latter will then be taken out of service.