HC Deb 07 November 1966 vol 735 cc971-2
36. Mr. G. Campbell

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what initiative Her Majesty's Government propose to take in disarmament negotiations, in view of the recent statement by the United Nations in United Nations document A/6301/Add 1 that in the past year there has been a reversal of the trend of the past few years in progress in the stabilisation and reduction of armed forces and military budgets.

Mrs. White

We believe that our approach, of seeking agreement on non-proliferation and a comprehensive nuclear test ban as matters of the highest priority, is the right one. We are proceeding with persistent negotiations on the proposals already on the table.

Mr. Campbell

As the proposals were American and Russian respectively, has the new initiative on disarmament, promised in the Labour manifesto of 1964 yet taken place? If it has not, is it in reserve? If it has taken place, what was it?

Mrs. White

I should have thought that during the course of the last week or so the hon. Gentleman would have realised that my right hon. Friend, in his discussions with Mr. Gromyko, was making certain progress in these matters, which he hopes to continue when he visits Moscow and also that my right hon. Friend's reply to the hon. Member for Blackpool, South (Mr. Blaker) gave another indication of the activity of Her Majesty's Government in these matters.