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 Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Conservative 2:36 pm, 26th June 2000

My Lords, I recognise that the proposed international convention may not be the answer at the moment. However, does the noble Baroness agree that, with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty regime under some pressure and tension and with the proposals for anti-ballistic missile defence now being developed by the Americans, we are moving towards the stage at which radical rethinking of the entire regime is needed? Will she bring us up to date regarding what stage the Government have reached in their discussions with the Americans about the idea of extending national missile defence to this country, and particularly about upgrading Fylingdales and Menwith Hill to help the Americans with their new system?