Nuclear Weapons Convention

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:36 pm on 26th June 2000.

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Photo of Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale Government Whip 2:36 pm, 26th June 2000

My Lords, the Government have made crystal clear the fact that our goal is the global elimination of nuclear weapons. In principle, we have no problem with the idea of a nuclear weapons convention as the ultimate legal underpinning of a nuclear weapons-free world. However, we cannot wish away present political realities and pretend that in present circumstances negotiations on such a convention can be expected to make headway. By all means, let us be ambitious in this area but, as recognised by the NPT Review Conference, let us also focus on goals which are achievable.