HL Deb 23 June 1977 vol 384 c884WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will take part in the Review Conference of the Seabed Non-Nuclearisation Treaty; whether they will propose any improvements in the Treaty, and whether they will ask the Soviet Union publicly to accept the view, expressed by the United States delegate during the negotiations leading up to the Treaty, that "creepy crawlies" equipped with weapons of mass destruction are banned by the Treaty.


Her Majesty's Government are taking part in this Review Conference of the Treaty on the Prohibition of the Emplacement of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction on the Sea Bed and the Ocean Floor and in the Subsoil Thereof. They consider that the Treaty has worked well and do not intend to propose improvements to it. As for the third part of the Question, the view expressed by the United States in 1969 has not, to the best of our knowledge, been challenged.

House adjourned at seventeen minutes past nine o'clock.