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Nuclear Weapons

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 8502, tabled on 5 September 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will adopt a no first use policy in relation to the UK's nuclear weapons capability; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

7 September 2017

The UK has neither a first use nor a no first use policy for our nuclear weapons.

It is essential that we do not assist our potential adversaries by defining precisely when, how and at what scale we would contemplate employing them in the most extreme circumstances of self-defence, including the defence of our NATO allies.