Orders of the Day — Defence

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:12 pm on 6th July 1982.

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Photo of Mr Julian Amery Mr Julian Amery , Brighton, Pavilion 5:12 pm, 6th July 1982

I was not trying to argue that that issue of Khrushchev's nuclear deterrent turned the tide. I was merely saying that it was an embarrassing position when, threatened by the Russians, we had to turn to the Americans because we had no nuclear weapons of our own. It was not decisive—many other things were decisive, including Mr. Gaitskell's attitude. However, this argument has a clear military application.