§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the use of lasers to develop a British anti-ballistic missile capability. 
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
In our work to evaluate the options for active ballistic missile defence systems, we have studied a number of land, air and sea-based systems which, individually or combined, might provide a BMD capability. These included systems, at various stages of research and development, which employ laser technology.