Will the right hon. Gentleman confirm that, even if the negotiations for the setting up of an Atlantic nuclear force are successful, it is still the intention of the Government to retain some nuclear weapons under their own independent control?
Will my right hon. Friend confirm that the Prime Minister's declaration of 23rd November still holds good, namely, that collective defence measures must not be of such a character as to make it more difficult to reach an agreement on the stopping of the spread of nuclear weapons? In view of recent declarations by the Warsaw Alliance, will my right hon. Friend take that factor into consideration in connection with the proposed Atlantic nuclear force?
I can certainly confirm what my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has said. One of the reasons for our putting forward the proposal for an Atlantic nuclear force was our belief that it would be both a better use of the resources of the Alliance and would not be a barrier to a disarmament agreement.