§ 39. Mr. Tony Lloyd
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he is satisfied with the armed forces' capacity to defend the British people against a nuclear attack.
§ Mr. Heseltine
The primary purpose of our defence policy is to preserve the peace by deterring aggression against us both nuclear and conventional. Our membership of the NATO Alliance, and the maintenance of modern and effective conventional and nuclear forces, represent the surest means of achieving that purpose.