HC Deb 27 October 1987 vol 121 c213W
Mr. Cohen

asked the Prime Minister on what basis, and for what reason, Her Majesty's Government have given permission to British Nuclear Fuels to sell the equipment and know-how to make weapons-grade plutonium to other countries; whether any other of Britain's NATO allies were consulted; and if she will make a statement on the implications for non-proliferation agreements.

The Prime Minister

All exports of nuclear materials, equipment and technology are made within the guidelines set out in the statement by the then Foreign Secretary, the right hon. Sir James Callaghan, on 31 March 1976 at columns 514–16. Those guidelines ensure that any such export will be wholly consistent with our international non-proliferation obligations under the non-proliferation treaty.