HC Deb 03 February 1959 vol 599 c47W
100. Mr. P. Noel-Baker

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has considered the latest Russian proposals for the abolition of all nuclear weapons and all military missiles, including the existing stocks of these weapons; and whether he is now in a position to make a statement.

Mr. R. Allan

I presume the right hon. Gentleman is referring to the remarks made on this subject by Mr. Khrushchev in his speech at the 21st Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Her Majesty's Government have always been prepared to consider proposals for the limitation of nuclear weapons, but only in the context of a comprehensive disarmament agreement and under effective international control. Meanwhile, we believe that the right approach to disarmament at the present time is first to get the properly controlled agreement we all want on stopping nuclear weapons tests and then to build on that.