Cruise Missiles

Petitions – in the House of Commons at 9:35 am on 11th November 1983.

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Photo of Mr Chris Smith Mr Chris Smith , Islington South and Finsbury 9:35 am, 11th November 1983

I have the honour to beg leave to present a different petition to the House—one on cruise missiles. It is signed by about 65,000 young people who are resident in my constituency and in many other constituencies throughout the country. They have signed a petition to the effect that they believe that the intended deployment of 160 American cruise missiles in Britain will not aid genuine moves towards peace;…this decision was taken by an inner Cabinet of three politicians and the British public were not consulted;…such decisions will only bring us closer to nuclear war. They conclude: your petitioners pray that your honourable House will call upon Her Majesty's Government to refuse the cruise missiles and to start genuine steps to survival so that we can have a future without fear. They as in duty bound, will ever pray etc. I beg leave to present this important and extremely well-justified petition to the House.

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