§ 44. Mr. P. Noel-Baker
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what peace-keeping arrangements the British delegate, Sir Paul Mason, had in mind when making his proposals to the Eighteen Nations Disarmament Committee in Geneva on 3rd March; whether it is the policy of Her Majesty's Government that these peace-keeping arrangements must be agreed upon before any proposal for a minimum nuclear deterrent is accepted; and what proposals for such peace-keeping arrangements Her Majesty's Government have now put forward.
§ Mr. P. Thomas
There has been no change in Her Majesty's Government's policy regarding the establishment of an international peace-keeping force in connection with disarmament. We consider that a reliable and fully effective international force would be essential for the security of all in a disarmed world, and that the existing sources of national security, in particular national nuclear deterrents, could not be discarded until such a force had come into being. It is this point that the United Kingdom representative had in mind in his speech to the Geneva Conference on 3rd March.