As has been explained before, the Government's policy is to internationalise our strategic nuclear forces as a powerful contribution to the overall Western nuclear deterrent.
I thank my right hon. Friend for his answer. Can he tell us why Britain should hold on to these weapons by herself and deny them to other European countries? Further, can he say in what way the internationalisation of our nuclear weapons really is helping to convince the Europeans that we are Europe an in politics as well as in trade?
This matter has been fully debated at the length called for by such a question, and my hon. Friend will recognise the great importance of securing a non-proliferation agreement, in which we are playing a very leading part at this time. I do not believe that my hon. Friend would be right in suggesting that this is causing difficulties at present in our discussions with Europe.
I did not say that it was not so. Nothing that I said was incompatible with what my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary said. These forces are allocated to N.A.T.O. To that extent, they are internationalised. But the House will know that we are seeking for clearer arrangements within N.A.T.O. on the basis under which our strategic deterrent will be internationalised.