§ Mr. Sean Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has received from his United States counterpart concerning the length of time required to modernise the Lance missile; and what assessment he has made.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
[pursuant to his answer, 20 April 1989, c. 279]: The US Administration has kept allies fully informed about their development programme for a successor to the Lance missile. The selection by the US of a launcher at the end of last year was geared to having a new system available for deployment by the mid-1990s.