Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, surely the only way of avoiding the consequences of joining is by not joining?
Lord Jenkins of Putney: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they now condemn the bombing of non-combatants in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by nuclear weapons in 1945.
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that I am particularly well placed to recognise that the immediate reaction to that terrible deed was to rejoice? I was on a troop ship, embarked for the purpose of going to join an operational unit in Burma, during the period immediately following the dropping of the bomb on those two cities. I should like to report to my noble friend--
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, I should like to ask the House whether it would care to hear what a Lance Corporal said to me as we were disembarking. A curious unease had settled on the ship and he said "Do you know, sir, what I think?" I said "No. What do you think?" He said "I think that they may have saved our lives at the cost of our children's".
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, I have not asked my question.
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, I will not be silenced!
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Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, will my noble friend confirm that it remains Her Majesty's Government's policy to get rid of nuclear weapons altogether and that ABM is in direct conflict with that aim?
Lord Jenkins of Putney: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that more urgent action should be taken to reduce the danger that a war using nuclear or other means of mass destruction might render earth uninhabitable by mammals.
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, my noble friend will be aware that the Government have recently committed themselves publicly to securing the end of nuclear weapons. The problem is that that commitment has not been followed up by action. Do the Government have it in mind to take action along the lines suggested, for example, by the noble and gallant Lord, the Field Marshal, not many months ago in Canberra? He has...
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, is it the Government's position that the waiting list time is dependent upon the insertion of government money or are there other factors which would entail a certain amount of waiting time, whether or not that money was found? If so, what are the Government doing about it?
Lord Jenkins of Putney: asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to receive the report of the inspector appointed to inquire into the proposal for a fifth terminal at Heathrow airport.
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, I hope that the length of the report indicates that the issue is being examined with great thoroughness. I am sure that my noble friend will agree with that. However, is he aware that a fifth terminal at Heathrow would overcrowd a situation which is already verging on the dangerous? It is surprising that it takes two years to come to a conclusion which one might have thought was...
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, does my noble friend believe that the long period taken to produce the report is indicative of a thorough examination being undertaken, not merely providing an opportunity for an untoward event to occur in the meantime? Let us hope that all will go well during the two years and that the conclusion will be that which I should have thought was obvious at the beginning; that Heathrow...
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, it is a privilege to follow the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Carver. I take his general position as a guarded welcome to the development to which the Government have put their hand. The matter of nuclear weapons appears to have been put on one side. The countries that will make up the new organisation comprise some that have nuclear weapons and some that do not. The Government have...
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, is it not possible that the performers' unions will have an interest in this matter? If that is so and if my noble friend is approached by Equity on the matter, am I right in saying that I can assure the members of that union that he will lend them an ear?
Lord Jenkins of Putney: My Lords, in advance of any inquiry into this matter, can my noble friend tell the House what proportion of the average price of a gallon of petrol is made up of UK taxation?
Lord Jenkins of Putney: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many governments are reported as regarding the National Missile Defence policy of the United States government as incompatible with the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty.
Lord Jenkins of Putney: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether both they and the United States government are committed to the elimination of nuclear weapons as signatories to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty.