HC Deb 03 March 1983 vol 38 c203W
Q35. Mr. McNally

asked the Prime Minister what written or oral communication she has had with the General Secretary of the Communist party of the Soviet Union or the President of the United States of America about disarmament matters since 1 January.

The Prime Minister

I am in regular touch with President Reagan on disarmament matters, and Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ministers had discussions with their Soviet counterparts last month.

Q47. Mr. Latham

asked the Prime Minister whether, following the visit of Vice-President Bush, she has had further discussions with the United States Government over multilateral disarmament; and with what result.

The Prime Minister

I am in regular contact with President Reagan over arms control issues in which we share a strong common purpose. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary is today meeting Mr. Shultz and met Ambassador Nitze in London on 24 February. We remain fully in support of the United States' position in the Geneva negotiations on nuclear arms control. Last week we warmly welcomed President Reagan's statement of 22 February in which he made it clear that at the negotiations on intermediate-range nuclear forces the Americans will explore any solution consistent with the Western Alliance's principles of balance.