Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th November 1988.

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Photo of Mr Colin Shepherd Mr Colin Shepherd , Hereford 12:00 am, 29th November 1988

Will my right hon. Friend accept from a former submariner that it is essential that the time scale is met, because old submarines not only become obsolete but wear out? Does my right hon. Friend agree that despite the encouraging changes on the other side of the Iron Curtain, any reduction in the perceived effectiveness of our nuclear deterrent will only hinder, not help those changes?