§ Mr. Douglas
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will detail the lines of possible collaboration which have been discussed between his Department and the French Ministry of Defence regarding the joint development of nuclear and conventionally armed cruise missiles.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
As regards conventionally armed cruise missiles, the United Kingdom, France and five other nations have signed a memorandum of understanding setting out the broad principles for the possible collaborative development and production of a modular series of air-launched stand-off weapons and a request for proposals has been issued to Industry.
The details of our discussions with the French Government on nuclear matters are confidential.