Lord Jenkins of Putney: asked Her Majesty's Government: How they reconcile their maintenance of nuclear weapons with their claim to support nuclear disarmament.
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that Answer but I think that she will appreciate as well as I that that kind of Answer could mean a more or less permanent situation in which a government is firmly in favour of nuclear disarmament while remaining firmly armed with nuclear weapons. Is not this a somewhat unsatisfactory situation? Does my noble friend know of any reason to believe that it...
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, does not my noble friend appreciate that if all nuclear nations give the same kinds of answers to their respective parliaments there will never ever be any nuclear disarmament?
Lord Jenkins of Putney: asked Her Majesty's Government: Which of the nuclear weapon countries is most committed to the retention of such weapons; and which nuclear weapon country is most committed to steps towards a nuclear weapon free world.
Lord Jenkins of Putney: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the position of Saudi Arabia on nuclear weapons.
Lord Jenkins of Putney: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the reported statement of the Chinese Government that the NATO attack on Yugoslavia showed that the alliance would not respect any country without nuclear weapons.
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer, although it perhaps escaped her knowledge that the Chinese were expressing a view which is extremely dangerous if it is not agreed or accepted--which I understand--by Her Majesty's Government or by the West generally. Does the Minister not agree that the fact that such a proposition was made by a country such as China indicates a situation which...
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, returning to the vital question of the satisfactory completion of the protocol, can my noble friend say whether, generally speaking, she is optimistic or otherwise?
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, in considering this matter, will the Government take account of the fact that in this country more books are borrowed and fewer books are bought than in many other countries? We have a higher proportion of borrowing than most countries. In those circumstances, the average income per book is probably much lower in this country than in others. Totals on this issue could be deceiving....
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that not all of us share the gloomy view about the future of this House just expressed on the Opposition Benches? Some of us are quite hopeful and optimistic. To that extent, perhaps the Government may feel assured.
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, is it not the case that ultimately we are saying that the representative Chamber must prevail? If the noble Earl cannot accept that, he is not accepting a basic principle of democracy.
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that free admission to their own property is the right policy to adopt in this connection? Does he also agree that, while trustees must make their own decisions, they can be encouraged one way or another to adopt free admission? That policy has been an immense success and has increased access to museums and galleries. It would be a great pity to limit it...
Lord Jenkins of Putney: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are hoping to make substantial progress towards world nuclear disarmament at the coming United Nations NPT Review Conference in New York and how they propose to avoid the procedural discussions which are reported to have nullified the recent Geneva Conference.
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that Answer. Is it not the case that there is evidence from the Geneva conference that the discussion of procedural issues is used for the purpose of not arriving at any decision of substance and progress towards nuclear disarmament? Is it not necessary for my noble friends in the Government to take some exceptional steps to avoid that; for example,...
Lord Jenkins of Putney: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they share the reported doubts of other NATO countries as to the legality of the proposed United States National Missile Defence system.
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the difficulty with the management of nuclear waste is that it is almost impossible to get rid of it? In those circumstances, does he accept that the right solution is to produce as little nuclear waste as possible--and eventually none at all?
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that it is unfortunate, to say the least, that this situation has occurred? Does it not strengthen the developing view that the entire NATO operation against Serbia was a mistake?
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, do not the events show that reprocessing breeds a climate of deception and is likely to do so in future? Therefore, should we not abandon the whole proposition of reprocessing?
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, I am sure that my noble friend has welcomed the universal support that the project has received in the House. Will she give the House some idea of the extent to which other countries are participating?
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that one man's reasoned justification is another's smooth excuse?