§ Mr. Flynn
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what investment in terms of finance and personnel his Department has made in arms control and disarmament verification in the sectors of(a) nuclear weapons dismantlement, (b) nuclear warhead dismantlement, (c) conventional weapons dismantlement and (d) chemical and biological weapons detection and dismantlement, in each year since 1979; and what has been for each year the proportion of the annual defence budget devoted to verification issues.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
[holding answer 2 November 1989]: Demands on the defence budget connected with arms control verification have been met from existing resources and are not accounted for separately. The information requested could therefore be provided only at disproportionate cost.