HC Deb 29 June 1982 vol 26 c273W
11. Mr. Gwilym Roberts

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if, in the light of recent military events, he will review defence policy so as to give greater priority to conventional defence and less to the development and deployment of nuclear weapons.

Mr. Nott

The strategic nuclear deterrent, which successive Governments have retained and strengthened as the ultimate safeguard of the peace and the liberty of our people, accounts for only a very small proportion of the defence budget. No alternative use of these funds could possibly contribute as much to our security, and I have no plans to reduce expenditure in this vital area.

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