Defence: Continuous At-sea Deterrence - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:29 pm on 23 June 2021.

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Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates Conservative 12:29, 23 June 2021

My Lords, given that a single nuclear submarine could deliver nuclear weapons with more than 100 times the destructive yield of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which incinerated over 200,000 people, mostly civilians, does my noble friend agree that while the possession of such weapons of mass destruction may be justified as a necessary evil at present, it remains the firm policy of Her Majesty’s Government to work towards the complete elimination of nuclear weapons? If so, how do they intend to advance that agenda?