§ Mrs. Clwyd
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish his Department's assessment of the numbers of short-range, intermediate-range nuclear force missiles on each side that led to his assertion, Official Report, 9 March column 40, that the Soviet Union has a 9:1 superiority in these missiles; what is his Department's assessment of the number of launchers on each side; and what is his Department's assessment of the accuracy and range of Soviet FROG and SCUD missiles.
§ Mr. Stanley
My right hon. Friend's reference to the Soviet Union's 9:1 SRINF superiority was based on the 593W figures given in Figure 15 of Annex A of "The Statement on the Defence Estimates 1986" (Cmnd 9763-I) showing the Warsaw Pact having 650 Scud and Scaleboard-SS221aunchers compared with NATO's 72 Pershing 1 launchers. Detailed assessments of the ranges and accuracy of Soviet missiles are classified. I am able to provide the following approximate figures for maximum range:
km Scud 300 Frog 70