Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister’s Question Time from 12th February 1992.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Prime Minister what information he has on Russia’s plans to continue its nuclear warhead testing programme to maintain the safety and reliability of its nuclear weapon deterrent.
The Prime Minister : President Yeltsin’s statement of 29 January confirmed that Russia will adhere to the one-year moratorium on testing announced in October 1991. President Yeltsin also called for other nuclear powers to refrain from testing. The United Kingdom has to carry out nuclear tests from time to time to maintain the effectiveness and safety of our nuclear deterrent.