HC Deb 01 July 1982 vol 26 cc365-6W
Mr. McMahon

asked the Prime Minister if she will agree to a mutual freeze of nuclear arms as a first step towards their reduction.

The Prime Minister

No. A freeze would simply consolidate the existing Soviet advantage in intermediate range nuclear forces and reduce the incentive for the Russians to negotiate. The West has put forward proposals for major reductions in both intermediate-range and strategic weapons.