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Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Cyprus (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: My hon. Friend is quite right. He and many other hon. Members on both sides of the House rightly remind me constantly that we have a special responsibility to Cyprus for both the reasons that my hon. Friend mentioned. We take that responsibility seriously, and we act upon it energetically.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Gibraltar (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I have raised our concerns with my Spanish counterpart, Mr. Solana, and our ambassador in Madrid has protested formally to the Spanish Foreign Ministry. We have also approached the Schengen secretariat, other Schengen states and the European Commission. We shall continue to raise the matter with the Spaniards until they take adequate measures at the frontier with Gibraltar to ensure that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Gibraltar (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: On the first point, the hon. Gentleman is not quite right. There have been problems at the frontier. They were solved temporarily as a result of a meeting that I had with the Spanish Foreign Minister on 20 December, but the trouble has recurred recently. We must keep up the pressure and the Spaniards know that we will do that. The hon. Gentleman's second point raises a completely separate...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Gibraltar (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I look forward to talking about the subject in greater depth with the Spaniards before long. My hon. Friend is quite right about the distinction between the Schengen agreement and the external frontier. We do not believe that the Spaniards have any justification for their action.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Gibraltar (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: We hold entirely to the undertaking given to the people of Gibraltar in the 1969 constitution that we would never enter into arrangements whereby the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another state against their freely and democratically expressed wishes. On the separate issue of direct rule, we have no desire to act directly; for the reasons that I have already given,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diplomatic Locations (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I have deposited the information requested by the hon. Gentleman in the Library. Our interests are global and our overseas representation needs to match them. We must respond quickly and flexibly to changing opportunities and to challenges. This year we plan to close three posts and open 15 new ones. The new posts are concentrated in countries where new export opportunities for British...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diplomatic Locations (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: No, indeed. The Treasury would not be doing its job if I felt comfortable about that. The Treasury makes us sweat to open new posts. For instance, we have plans to abolish more than 500 support staff over three years. Such savings and reviews and constant pressure for greater efficiency, to which my right hon. and learned Friend the Minister of State always refers, are what we rightly have to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diplomatic Locations (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: Let me look into that. I have not studied that, although I notice that at least 10 of the posts that we have opened in the past three years are in central and eastern Europe, for the kind of reasons that the hon. Gentleman gives.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diplomatic Locations (7 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: We have cut Paris by, I think, 10 per cent. in recent years. With a new French Government and new personalities, as is the case now, when it is important to get to grips with them and the issues quickly, one sees vividly the need to have trained and expert and professional staff in a place such as Paris.

Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (16 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: With permission, Madam Speaker, I would like to make a statement on the outcome of the non-proliferation treaty review and extension conference. For 25 years, the non-proliferation treaty has helped prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. It is one of the essential foundations of our security. On 11 May the parties to the treaty decided unanimously to extend the treaty indefinitely. That...

Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (16 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I can answer some of the hon. Gentleman's specific questions. I am glad that he was glad about the outcome of the conference. On funding, we agree that every effort should be made to ensure that the International Atomic Energy Agency has the necessary financial and human resources, and we are willing to consider a fully justified and controlled real increase in the agency's regular budget in...

Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (16 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I agree entirely with my right hon. Friend. We need a treaty—we now have one—that is indefinitely extended. But having got the treaty signed, we must ensure that the signatures are worth while. We have anxieties about two countries that have signed the treaty: we have continuing anxieties about North Korea; and we have anxieties about Iran, which have been fairly well documented in recent...

Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (16 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: We noted the Chinese test yesterday. I was not particularly surprised by it, but it shows how far we still have to go. It is worth noting that the Chinese statement includes a clear commitment to abide by a comprehensive test ban treaty when it is agreed. The middle east has been a difficult area of negotiation because of the attitude taken by Israel, which is understandable, but to some...

Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (16 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: We believe that our level, which has substantially reduced in explosive power in recent years, is the minimum that we need. It is a small proportion of the armoury either of the United States and Russia. As I said in New York and repeated to the House a few minutes ago, a world in which American and Russian nuclear forces were counted in hundreds rather than thousands would be one in which we...

Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (16 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: It is understandable as, for many years, Israel was surrounded by neighbours who, to varying degrees, were in a state of hostility to her. That has passed, but the policy remains. Israel needs to move, but we can understand the security preoccupations which to some extent hold her back.

Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (16 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: My hon. Friend is entirely right. If the Ukraine, which inherited some of the considerable power of the Soviet Union's nuclear weapons stockpile, had acted differently, the whole story would have had a much less happy ending. Ukraine had a political problem and wrestled with it and that was not easy. I and other Foreign Ministers from the west visiting Kiev urged the Ukrainians to move ahead,...

Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (16 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I am not conscious that I was supporting it. I simply explained what happened and what will be the content of the Chinese statement. I hope that the outcome will be a comprehensive test ban treaty that we are prepared to join and by which the Chinese, as they said yesterday, will abide when it is agreed. That is the way to make sure of no more tests of that kind.

Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (16 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: My hon. Friend is, of course, right. One needs the treaty, but one needs also the performance—and that does not necessarily follow the treaty. I cited earlier North Korea and Iran, because we are concerned about the extent to which the treaty is observed in practice in those countries. However, without the treaty, one does not have a leg to stand on in talking to such countries. I have no...

Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (16 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: The wording was negotiated with some difficulty and is important. We undertook to take part in working towards a global reduction. It is clear in common sense that the first steps must be taken by countries that have hugely the greatest armouries. That is why I used the phrase in New York and today about the thousands of American and Russian weapons coming down to hundreds. That is a...

Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (16 May 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: We consider problems case by case. They certainly exist. China is a nuclear power, so yesterday's test will not be particularly surprising to my hon. Friend or anybody else. As regards North Korea, there is an agreement with the United States to freeze, and later to dismantle, its nuclear programme. So far, that has been implemented—I emphasise the words "so far". As for nuclear...


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