HC Deb 29 October 1957 vol 575 cc42-3W
Mr. Mason

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress made towards a disarmament agreement and particularly to what extent progress has been made towards an international agreement for the control and ultimate cessation of atom and hydrogen bomb tests.

Mr. Ian Harvey

The Political Committee of the United Nations General Assembly is at present discussing disarmament. The Committee has before it, among other proposals, a draft Resolution sponsored by Her Majesty's Govment and 23 other Governments, which urges the States concerned to give priority to reaching a disarmament agreement along the lines of the proposals made in the Disarmament Sub-Committee on 29th August by the delegations of Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Such an agreement would, upon its entry into force, provide among other things for the immediate suspension of the testing of nuclear weapons under effective international control. The Draft Resolution also requests the Disarmament Commission to reconvene its Sub-Committee as soon as feasible for this purpose.

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