§ 42. Mr. Warren
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the requirements of his Department for cruise missiles and on the discussions held with United States manufacturers recently in London on their development by his Department.
As I have made clear on a number of occasions, we have no plans for the development or production of cruise missiles, although we have let limited contracts for research studies of the technology involved. We have had no discussions with United States manufacturers about the development of cruise missiles by the United Kingdom, althought from time to time we hear something of what United States firms themselves are doing.