§ 66. Mr. Thorne
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the recent meeting of the North Atlantic Council took to reinforce North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's united position on arms control negotiations.
§ Sir Geoffrey Howe
As I told the House on 26 June, the conclusions reached at the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Reykjavik were a notable fulfilment of our efforts to promote a real improvement in East-West relations. The United Kingdom was one of the main architects of the agreement reached at Reykjavik on the double zero option on intermediate nuclear forces. We have also played a central role in preparations within the Alliance for negotiations on achieving a better conventional balance. The Reykjavik communiqué confirmed the Alliance's arms control policies that were set out last December. A copy of the communiqué has been placed in the Library of the House.