HC Deb 01 February 1966 vol 723 cc882-3
Q6. Mr. G. Campbell

asked the Prime Minister what progress has been made in narrowing the differences between Her Majesty's Government and the United States Government on the terms of a treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

The Prime Minister

We have been exploring with our allies how best we can move forward towards a non-proliferation treaty that will be acceptable to all concerned.

Mr. Campbell

When the Prime Minister said on 27th July that the Government were about to table proposals, an event which did not happen, although the Geneva Conference was convened on that day, was he aware of the disagreement with the Americans and its significance?

The Prime Minister

Yes. I have been aware for a long time that on one particular point we are not in complete agreement with the Americans; but we do not believe, as some hon. Members do and did, that this means that we should automatically trail along behind them in all matters of disarmament. We are working hard to get agreement on these issues with our allies first and then to try to get a non-proliferation agreement thereafter based on our ideas.