HC Deb 12 May 1983 vol 42 c433W
Mr. Buck

asked the Prime Minister whether she will make a further statement with respect to the arrangements for joint control of cruise missiles in the event of their deployment in the United Kingdom.

The Prime Minister

The existing understandings between the United Kingdom and the United States governing the use by the United States of nuclear weapons and bases in this country have been jointly reviewed in the light of the planned deployment of cruise missiles. We are satisfied that they are effective. The arrangements will apply to United States cruise missiles based in the United Kingdom whether on or off bases. The effect of the understandings and the arrangements for implementing them is that no nuclear weapon would be fired or launched from British territory without the agreement of the British Prime Minister.