By my right hon. Friend’s standards, that was rather a long question, but let me keep the answer short. He is correct.
I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question—I know he takes these matters very seriously. Yes, trust has clearly broken down.
I am not going to become involved in speculation about arms races in other parts of the world, and, as the hon.
I believe that is correct. If I am incorrect, I will correct it in writing to my hon. Friend, but I believe he is correct.
I fear that I will disappoint my hon. Friend by not going into great detail on these matters, as they are issues of secure intelligence.
I think we all recognise that these are dangerous times.
The issue is about deterrence.
I reassure my hon.
I thank my hon. Friend for his youthful engagement in these matters.