§ Q9. Mr. Sheerman
asked the Prime Minister whether she will consider appointing a Cabinet Minister with the sole concern of disarmament.
§ The Prime Minister
No. Responsibility for international agreements on arms control and disarmament lies primarily with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. These agreements can strengthen the arrangements we make for our security through the NATO Alliance. Responsibility within the Cabinet for the latter lies with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence. There is close co-ordination between the two Departments, and I see no need to change a system that is working well.