§ 51 and 52. Mr. P. Noel-Baker
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1) what proposals for armament reduction he made to the Committee of Eighteen Nations at Geneva; and whether he will make a statement;
(2) what proposals he made to the Committee of Eighteen Nations on Disarmament for the improvement of their procedure.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
In my speech to the Conference I listed six cardinal points upon which we should try to reach agreement if we are to make practical progress:
- An agreement on observation posts in the N.A.T.O. and Warsaw Pact areas.
- A comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty.
- An agreement to ban the further dissemination of nuclear weapons or knowledge.
- The increased use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
- A freeze of strategic nuclear delivery vehicles.
- The early physical destruction of some armaments.
I then outlined three further proposals as worthy of particular attention and study: 114W
- An improved procedure for the Disarmament Conference, making use of informal working groups.
- A new approach to verification.
- Proposals for international peace-keeping.
I also had the opportunity of useful discussions with the other delegates to the Conference.