HC Deb 19 May 1981 vol 5 cc62-3W
23. Mr. Heddle

asked the Lord Privy Seal what is his policy towards the announcement by the United States Government that they intend to resume negotiations with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the control of long-range nuclear missiles in Europe.

Mr. Blaker

Her Majesty's Government welcome the announcement as a step by the new United States' Administration towards the negotiation of limits on long-range theatre nuclear forces, as foreseen in NATO's decision in 1979 to pursue such negotiations with the Soviet Union.

24. Mr. Flannery

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he has any plans to consult with his United States counterpart to bring about a conference with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the reduction of nuclear weapons.

Mr. Blaker

In our frequent contacts with our American counterparts we regularly discuss the possibilities for nuclear arms control. Following consultations with us and their other NATO Allies the Americans recently announced their intention to hold negotiations with the Soviet Union, on limiting theatre nuclear forces, by the end of the year. We hope that these negotiations will lead to reductions.