Defence written question – answered on 11 July 2005.

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Photo of Gordon Prentice Gordon Prentice Labour, Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what considerations he took into account in deciding to stop targeting the Trident nuclear deterrent.

Photo of John Reid John Reid Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence, The Secretary of State for Defence

The missiles have been detargetted since 1994. The policy of detargetting the United Kingdom's Trident missiles was confirmed in the 1998 strategic defence review, to reflect improvements in the strategic environment since the end of the cold war.

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