HC Deb 30 October 1980 vol 991 cc331-2W
Mr. Hooley

asked the Lord Privy Seal, whether the Government intend to support the proposal, made by the Foreign Minister of West Germany in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on 24 September, that the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe follow-up meeting in Madrid should decide on the establishment of a European conference on disarmament.

Mr. Luce

The Government support the adoption at Madrid of a mandate, as part of a balanced outcome of the review conference, for negotiations linked to the CSCE on mandatory, militarily significant and verifiable confidence-building measures applicable to the entire continent of Europe. This approach is based on the French proposal for the first phase of a conference on disarmament in Europe.