HC Deb 24 February 1987 vol 111 cc210-1W
26. Mr. Clelland

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what are the implications for British defence policy of any United States decision to proceed with early deployment of strategic defence systems.

Mr. Stanley

The SDI is a research programme designed to investigate the feasibility of strategic defences. It is not possible to speculate at this stage of the research on the form any deployment might take or on its implications for British defence policy. The United States Administration have made it clear that no decisions on deployment, let alone on any particular system, have been taken.

45. Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what recent consultations he has had with members of the United States Administration about the deployment of weapons systems as part of the strategic defence initiative.

Mr. Archie Hamilton

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given earlier today by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence to the hon. Member for Corby (Mr. Powell).