HC Deb 03 May 1983 vol 42 cc28-9W
Mr. Deakins

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will make to the Warsaw pact proposal that the two alliances should agree not to be the first to use nuclear or conventional weapons against each other.

Mr. Hurd

NATO is at present considering the various proposals put forward by the Warsaw pact Foreign Ministers in January, including that for a non-aggression pact. The NATO countries are already committed not to use force except in self-defence, through the charter of the United Nations and the final act of the conference on security and co-operation in Europe of 1975, and their Heads of Government made a commitment at their meeting in Bonn in June 1982 that no NATO weapons of any kind will ever be used except in response to attack.