§ Q76. Mr. Dalyell
asked the Prime Minister what recent consultations she has had with the United States President or Administration on the proposed renegotiation of the 1972 arms treaty with reference to the strategic defence initiative; and if she will make a statement.
§ The Prime Minister
United States representatives consulted my right hon. Friends and myself on the consideration being given by the United States Administration to the future of work on the strategic defence initiative. I confirmed Britain's support for the SDI research programme which is permitted by the antiballistic missile treaty. We agreed that we wished to see the arms control negotiations in Geneva lead to reductions in nuclear weapons on the basis of the priorities I agreed with President Reagan at Camp David in November 1986. Subsequent consultations were held in the North Atlantic Council.