HL Deb 25 February 1988 vol 493 cc1414-5WA
Lord Kennet

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether it is their view that all the instruments relating to the INF Agreement, the treaty, the basing country agreements, and the exchange of notes, constitute treaties with the same status in international law, particularly given that the basing treaty agreements are not to be presented to the United States Senate for ratification.

Lord Trefgarne

We are party to the basing country agreement of 11th December 1987 with the United States of America, the Federal Republic of Germany, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands and the exchange of notes of 21st December 1987 with the Soviet Union, both of which constitute international treaties. The internal procedures of each party for securing approval to enable it to give its formal consent to either treaty are a matter for that party alone.