§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if it is the policy of the British Government to decline to supply nuclear-capable aircraft(a) to NATO and (b) to non-NATO countries; and what was the date from which such a policy came into operation.
§ Mr. David Davies
Any military aircraft can be made capable of delivering nuclear weapons during manufacture or later. Applications for the export of all defence equipment, whether to NATO or non-NATO countries, are subject to case by case consideration against the international criteria to which we are committed. These include consideration of whether such equipment fulfils the legitimate domestic security needs of the recipient country.