Nuclear Weapons

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th February 2002.

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Photo of Lord Jenkins of Putney Lord Jenkins of Putney Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What happened to the proposal put to the United Nations by the Australian Government to ban nuclear weapons.

Photo of Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Trade), Department of Trade and Industry, Minister for Trade and Investment and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords (also Department of Trade and Industry), Minister of State (Trade and Investment) Deputy Leader of the House of Lords (also FCO)

The recommendations of the 1996 Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons have in many ways been overtaken by the agreement the UK helped broker at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York in May 2000. The final document of the conference provides a plan, based on achievable steps and agreed by all parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, on the way forward towards nuclear non-proliferation and the ultimate goal of global nuclear disarmament.

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