§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what study he has made of the potential advantage or threat from the development of weapons utilising electro-magnetic pulse phenomena.
§ Mr. Aitken
My Department has been aware for many years of the effects of electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) and has conducted and sponsored research into this phenomenon. The MOD has no operational requirement at present for a weapon specifically designed to create EMP effects.