HC Deb 20 February 1985 vol 73 c478W
73. Mr. Ashdown

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of article 1 of the non-proliferation treaty for the proposed acquisition, including design, of the Trident missile system from the United States of America.

Mr. Luce

We are satisfied that the acquisition of the Trident missile system is consistent with article I of the non-proliferation treaty. As the then Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the then right hon. Member for Sheffield, Park, (Mr. Mulley) told the House on 8 July 1968, at column 37, article 1 doesNot deal with the transfer of nuclear delivery vehicles, provided that there was no transfer of nuclear weapons or control over them".