§ 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 211W Administration have made it clear that no decisions on deployment, let alone on any particular system, have been taken.
§ 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).