§ Ms. Ruddock
asked the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects cruise dispersal exercises to begin at Molesworth; and whether he will consider halting them whilst the INF talks are going on.
§ Mr. Ian Stewart
It is not the practice to give details of training exercises conducted by nuclear missile units.
We have no plans at present to alter existing arrangements relating to the deployment of cruise missiles in the United Kingdom. The NATO countries concerned, including the United Kingdom, have made it clear that in the absence of a concrete INF arms control agreement with the Soviet Union, they will continue the deployment of LRINF missiles as scheduled. It is NATO's firm determination over the deployment of cruise and Pershing which has brought the INF talks to their present hopeful stage.