HC Deb 22 May 1981 vol 5 c189W
Sir Frederic Bennett

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many North Atlantic Treaty Organisation land-based tactical nuclear missiles are sited in Western Europe with a range capability of reaching the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics as contrasted with how many such missiles are estimated to be sited in central Europe under the control of the Warsaw Pact with a range capability extending to the United Kingdom.

Mr. Pattie

NATO has no land-based tactical nuclear missiles sited in Western Europe with the capability of reaching the USSR. France, which is not part of NATO's integrated military structure, has 18 missiles capable of reaching the USSR. The Soviet Union has currently about 250 SS20 missiles based in the USSR, of which approximately two-thirds are so located that they are capable of striking the United Kingdom. In addition there are some 380 SS4 and SS5 missiles, also based in the USSR, which have the range to strike the United Kingdom.

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