HC Deb 08 February 1961 vol 634 cc395-6
37. Mr. P. Noel-Baker

asked the Lord Privy Seal what was the result of the examination by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Standing Council of the two comprehensive disarmament plans put forward by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and United States delegates to the Ten Power Conference on 7th and 27th June, 1960, respectively; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Heath

The discussions of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Council are confidential and I regret, therefore, that I cannot give the right hon. Gentleman the information he requests. As the House knows, Her Majesty's Government supported the United States plan.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

Since these plans of last June commit both the Soviet Union and the United States to the abolition of all nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them, will the Minister instruct our delegate in the N.A.T.O. Council to consider the technical means by which these principles can be applied?

Mr. Heath

I will certainly give consideration to the right hon. Gentleman's suggestion.