HC Deb 25 October 1956 vol 558 c77W
Mr. Dodds

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in view of the public concern at the continuation of hydrogen bomb tests, what practical steps he has taken to secure the co-operation of other countries to end these tests ; and with what success.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

The Anglo-French proposals, tabled in the United Nations Disarmament Sub-Committee on 19th March, provided for the prohibition of all nuclear bomb tests at an appropriate stage in a general disarmament programme, subject to effective international control. Unfortunately these proposals were opposed by the Soviet representatives on the Sub-Committee and at the Disarmament Commission in July. No advance has therefore been possible towards agreement on the banning of nuclear bomb tests.