HC Deb 17 April 1957 vol 568 cc1912-3
31. Mr. Younger

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will give an assurance that the provisions of the Paris Treaties relating to the manufacture of nuclear weapons in Germany and their use by German forces still represent Her Majesty's Government's policy on this subject, and that no proposal for a change will be implemented before Parliament has had an opportunity to discuss it.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

I can certainly assure the right hon. Member that Her Majesty's Government stand by the provisions of the Paris Agreements relating to nuclear weapons. As regards the second part of this Question, any changes in the Paris Agreements would naturally be subject to the usual constitutional processes.

Mr. Younger

While thanking the Minister for that reply, may I ask him whether he is aware that it has been widely commented that the protest recently made by German scientists would not have been made had they not been afraid that they would be called upon to co-operate in the manufacture of nuclear weapons, which would be contrary to the treaties? Is he further aware that if anything of this kind were connived at surreptitiously, it would have a very bad effect indeed on public confidence?

Mr. Lloyd

I quite agree. I sought to find out any possible basis for that misconception, and I am quite satisfied, in fact, that this idea has not been put forward.

Mr. Bellenger

Has the Foreign Secretary noticed that one of these scientists has stated that no approach has been made to any of the German nuclear scientists on the lines suggested in the Question?

Mr. Lloyd

I think that that is quite right.