§ Mr. Tony Speller
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the type and estimated number of theatre nuclear missiles in Europe held by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries in western Europe, by the Soviet Union and by Eastern bloc nations.
§ Mr. Blaker
The Soviet Union and Eastern bloc countries have nearly 1,200 intermediate range nuclear missiles in Europe of which over 500 are longer range, able to strike targets in western Europe from bases within the Soviet Union; some half of these carry three warheads. In addition, the Warsaw pact has 650 short range nuclear missiles facing NATO Europe.
NATO has no longer-range intermediate nuclear missiles at all, having only 180 shorter-range intermediate missiles and about 100 short-range missiles.