Nuclear Disarmament

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Dai Davies Dai Davies Independent, Blaenau Gwent

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received a response from his counterparts in the five Non-Proliferation Treaty nuclear weapons states to the United Kingdom offer to host a technical conference on the verification of nuclear disarmament.

Photo of Des Browne Des Browne Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence, Secretary of State, Scotland Office, The Secretary of State for Defence, The Secretary of State for Scotland

I have been asked to reply.

My offer to host a conference of scientists from the nuclear laboratories of the five recognised nuclear weapon states was made in a speech to the Conference on Disarmament on 5 February 2008. Since then, senior officials from the Ministry of Defence and Foreign and Commonwealth Office have written jointly to their counterparts in each of the respective capitals describing the offer in more detail. We are waiting for formal responses before making further announcements.

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