§ 25. Mr. Patrick Thompson
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to publicise the extent of Soviet research into defences against ballistic missiles.
§ Mr. Luce
As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has made clear. Soviet programmes in this field are indeed extensive and long-established. My right hon. and learned Friend referred to them in his speech on 15 March. We 439W broadly endorse the assessment which appears in the 1985 edition of Soviet Military Power published by the United States Department of Defence.