HC Deb 16 November 1982 vol 32 c118W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken by Her Majesty's Government to further arms control and reduction.

Mr. Onslow

As my right hon. Friend told the House on 4 November—[Vol. 31, c. 121]—the Government are seeking, over a range of negotiations, ways of strengthening our security at lower levels of force. It is with that object that we participate in the talks on mutual and balanced force reductions in Vienna and in the work of the committee on disarmament in Geneva where we have a special interest in the work for a ban on the production of chemical weapons. Through bilateral consultation and in NATO we make a contribution to the negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union on reducing intermediate range and strategic nuclear weapons.