HC Deb 06 February 1984 vol 53 cc488-9W
Mr. Boyes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many resolutions on the banning of nuclear weapons the banning of testing of nuclear weapons and the establishment of a nuclear free zone were voted on in the United Nations in each of the years since 1954.

Mr. Luce

That information which we have is being collated. I will write to the hon. Member.

Mr. Boyes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will produce a table stating the title of each resolution on nuclear weapons, its chief sponsor, the numbers for, against and abstentions; and how the United Kingdom voted, at the United Nations General Assembly in December 1983.

Mr. Luce

The following table contains the information requested. The way in which we vote depends on the wording of the resolutions. In order to support such resolutions the Government need to be content that they are likely to advance the search for security through negotiated arms control and disarmament measures.

Plenary number Title Chief sponsor Vote for—against—abstentions United Kingdom vote
38/73G Convention on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear Weapons India 126—17—6 Against
38/74 Implementation of the Conclusions of the Second Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and Establishment of a Preparatory Committee for Third Review Conference United Kingdom 134—0—7 For
38/75 Condemnation of Nuclear War USSR 95—19—30 Against
38/76 Nuclear Weapon Freeze USSR 108—18—20 Against
38/181A Implementation of the Declaration on the Denuclearisation of Africa Sierra Leone 142—0—6 Abstain
38/181B Nuclear Capability of South Africa Sierra Leone 133—4—11 Against
38/183A Bilateral Nuclear-Arms Negotiations Romania 88—31—24 Against
38/183B Prevention of Nuclear War: Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons DDR and Cuba 110—19—15 Against
38/183D Cessation of the Nuclear-Arms Race and Nuclear Disarmament: Report of the Committee on Disarmament, Nuclear Weapons in All Aspects DDR 108—19—16 Against
38/183G Prevention of Nuclear War: Report of the Committee on Disarmament Argentina 128—0—20 Abstain
38/183M Review of the Implementation of the Recommendations and Decisions adopted by the General Assembly at its Tenth Special Session. Responsibilities of Nuclear Weapon States Argentina and Brazil 133—1—14 Abstain
38/183N Bilateral Nuclear-Arms Negotiations Mexico 122—1—25 Abstain
38/183P Bilateral Nuclear-Arms Negotiations Western Group 99—18—24 For
38/188E General and Complete Disarmament: Prohibition of the Production of Fissionable Material for Weapons Purposes Canada 124—0—23 Abstain
38/188I General and Complete Disarmament: Review and supplement to the Comprehensive Study on the Question of Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones in All its Aspects Mexico 146—0—3 Abstain