§ Mr. Wilson
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether plans exist to restore the number of nuclear artillery regiments in the British Army of the Rhine to five.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
The four BAOR artillery regiments currently equipped with the 105mm Abbot gun will be equipped in due course with a nuclear capable 155mm howitzer which could be deployed in a nuclear role. This change will not, however, lead to any increase in United Kingdom-assigned nuclear shell stocks in Europe.