asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the fact that, on his last visit to the United States of America when agreement was reached to base United States nuclear missiles in the United Kingdom, no discussions took place on the question of political authority responsible for ordering the use of such weapons, he will now seek further talks to discuss this matter.
Does not the Prime Minister accept that, although the existence of these bombs may be important, the question of the use to which they are put is vastly more important? Will not the right hon. Gentleman answer the question which is troubling us, both as regards these future guided missiles and the present Strategic Air Force bombers? Within the time limit in which we are working, how can the two Governments come together and agree upon a decision before missiles or bombers go into action?
That is another problem. All I am saying is that both under the Attlee agreement and under the agreement made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Woodford (Sir W. Churchill) it is not within the power of either Government to use the missiles or bombers without the approval of the other.
Is not the Prime Minister dodging the issue? At the time of the Attlee agreement we were not working within this narrow time-scale. We are now dealing with a different category of weapons entirely. Why did not the right hon. Gentleman discuss this position when he was in Washington?