HC Deb 04 November 1986 vol 103 c403W
46. Mr. Boyes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what prevailing international circumstances Her Majesty's Government would now consider Trident to be negotiable in arms control talks.

Mr. Renton

We have repeatedly stated that if the Soviet and United States strategic arsenals were to be very substantially reduced and if no significant changes had occurred in Soviet defensive capability we would want to review our position and consider how best we could contribute to arms control in the light of the reduced threat. That remains the position. As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said on 30 October, the independent nuclear deterrent is vital to our future defence.