§ Mr. Strang
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if Her Majesty's Government treat the United States Navy Tomahawk sea-launched cruise missile as a new class of nuclear weapon for the purpose of prior consultation regarding its deployment in United Kingdom-based facilities; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Stanley
As I replied to the hon. Member on 19 November, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence would expect to be consulted by the United States authorities should they wish to base a new class of nuclear weapon in Britain. In this context, the United States navy Tomahawk sea-launched Cruise missile would be considered a new class of nuclear weapon.