HC Deb 23 May 1978 vol 950 cc464-5W
45. Mr. James Lamond

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he expects to reduce arms sales as a result of the United Nations Special Session on Disarmament.

Dr. Gilbert

The Government firmly believe in the desirability of achieving realistic and practical measures to control the arms trade, but to be effective such measures must be based on international agreement by both suppliers and customers. We hope that the United Nations Special Session will give a spur to disarmament efforts in all fields.

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