§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what further plans Her Majesty's Government have to provide technical and operational assurance to Russia to assist in the safe dismantlement of nuclear weapons following the START II agreement.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
We have no plans to provide assistance to Russia beyond that announced by my hon. Friend the Minister of State for Defence Procurement on 11 November at column823. We will however continue to discuss issues relating to dismantling surplus nuclear warheads with the Russian authorities as necessary.