§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how the Royal Navy's capability of delivering nuclear powered ballistic missiles from submarines now compares, and will compare, on present plans, with that of France.
§ Mr. Mulley
Our technical assessment is that our Polaris force compares very favourably with the French, particularly as regards quality and range of capabilities. In addition, our nuclear forces are committed to NATO, thereby enhancing their effectiveness as a deterrent.