HC Deb 31 July 1962 vol 664 c65W
Mr. Henderson

asked the Lord Privy Seal what progress has been made in the disarmament negotiations, following the proposals put forward by the Mexican Government for a treaty for the cessation of tests to come into force at the beginning of next year.

Mr. Heath

The Mexican proposal was intended to facilitate negotiation on a nuclear test ban treaty during a period when some nuclear testing might still be in progress. My hon. Friend the Minister of State drew attention on 23rd July to the value of this proposal, at a time when the Soviet Government has announced its intention to carry out further tests. Negotiations are now continuing at Geneva on the basis of the eight-Nation Memorandum of the 16th of April, but there is nothing to report since my hon. Friend addressed the House.

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