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Nuclear Weapons

Defence written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the UK's need to maintain a nuclear deterrent.

Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond The Secretary of State for Defence

Our current analysis is that we cannot rule out the risk either that a major direct nuclear threat to the UK's vital interests will re-emerge or that new states will emerge that possess a more limited nuclear capability but nevertheless one that could pose a grave threat to our vital interests. We therefore see an enduring role for the UK's nuclear forces as an essential part of our national security capability.

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