HC Deb 12 July 1984 vol 63 c676W
Mr. Rathbone

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the United Kingdom intends to table further proposals at the chemical weapons negotiations in Geneva.

Mr. Luce

The United Kingdom tabled today at the Geneva conference on disarmament a working paper which proposes arrangemens to monitor the manufacture by the civil chemical industry of certain toxic chemicals, graduated according to their inherent hazard and threat to the convention, on order to ensure their wholly innocent use and non-diversion to military purposes. This further initiative builds upon earlier proposals tabled by the United Kingdom in March and August 1983, which have been the subject of active discussion at the conference.