HC Deb 25 January 1982 vol 16 c247W
Mr. Hooley

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will outline the main points set out in the draft final document presented to the Madrid conference by neutral and non-aligned countries, Austria, Cyprus, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and Yugoslavia; and which points Her Majesty's Government support and which are unacceptable.

Mr. Hurd

The 33-page document presented at the Madrid CSCE meeting last December by eight neutral and non-aligned countries contained texts relating to every chapter of the Helsinki Final Act, designed to reinforce or develop the latter's provisions. Much of it consisted of language—especially on the economic basket—which had already been agreed provisionally in the negotiations.

In Her Majesty's Government's view, the main inadequacies of the document lay in the account given of the review of implementation of the Final Act, and in the language to reinforce the Final Act's provisions on human rights and information. Differences also remained over the definition of a mandate for a conference on disarmament in Europe.

The question of what would constitute an appropriate conclusion of the Madrid meeting is now being reexamined with our partners and allies in the light of events in Poland.