§ Ms. Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the modernisations carried out by the Warsaw pact countries to which proposed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation modernisations are a response.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
For NATO, periodic modernisation of nuclear weapon systems is an essential part of the process of maintaining effective deterrence with the minimum level of forces. There is no direct relationship between modernisation programmes currently under consideration within the Alliance and specific modernisation programmes currently under way inside the Warsaw pact.