§ 41. Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what progress has been made in agreement on a nuclear non-proliferation pact within the last few months.
§ Mr. George Brown
It is clear that the major nuclear powers are anxious to conclude a non-proliferation agreement. I am trying hard to build on this in order to achieve a treaty. But much hard negotiating still remains ahead of us.
§ Mr. Hamilton
Does not my right hon. Friend agree that so long as mainland China is not in the United Nations such an agreement is highly unlikely? Will he press that view on the United States?
§ Lord Balniel
As the N.A.T.O. Defence Ministers' meeting next month will be a crucial step towards this non-proliferation treaty, will the right hon. Gentleman make it clear that the A.N.F. proposal, which has been an impediment towards achieving the treaty, has been withdrawn from the current proposals?
§ Mr. Zilliacus
Does not my right hon. Friend recall the strong objection made by the Prime Minister when he was in opposition, that an international nuclear force was an insuperable obstacle to an 974 agreement with the Soviet Union on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons? Will he also bear in mind what the Soviet leaders have been saying about the impossibility of reaching agreement on these matters so long as we go on supporting the American war in Vietnam?