HC Deb 07 March 1988 vol 129 c62W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if Britain's maritime tactical nuclear weapons are all assigned to NATO; and whether they can be withdrawn from NATO command to be used under national command;

(2) what is the strategy for employment of Britain's maritime tactical nuclear weapons.

Mr. Ian Stewart

All the United Kingdom's nuclear forces are committed to NATO, in support of the strategy of flexible response, although they remain at all times under the control of the British Government and are capable of being employed independently when supreme national interests are at stake.