HC Deb 30 January 1981 vol 997 cc522-3W
Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is intended that one flight of the cruise missiles to be stationed at RAF Greenham Common will be on alert with warheads armed at all times.

Mr. Pattie

Like many of NATO's operational forces, a proportion of the cruise missile force will be maintained at a high state of readiness. It has been the long-standing practice neither to confirm nor deny the presence of nuclear warheads at any specific location.

In the case of cruise missiles, the warhead would not be finally armed until the missile was fired and was within a short distance of its target.

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