HC Deb 03 November 1987 vol 121 c617W
Mr. Cohen

asked the Prime Minister what are the implications for Britain of the contingency plan for the deployment of United States chemical weapons in Europe in time of crisis.

The Prime Minister

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces on 24 July 1986, at column490. The United States contingency deployment plan does not designate any specific country as a destination for receiving binary munitions, and the United Kingdom has not been approached about possible contingency deployment to this country. If such a request were ever to be received, it would be a matter for decision by the Government of the day in the light of all the circumstances prevailing at the time. Any deployment to the United Kingdom at any time would require the consent of Her Majesty's Government.