HL Deb 09 March 1988 vol 494 c788WA
Lord Kennet

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they intend to set up jointly with the Soviet Union a system of Nuclear Risk Reduction Centres like that in operation between the Soviet Union and the United States, and whether they will consider the desirability of a multilateral network of such centres linking all the nuclear weapons powers.

Lord Trefgarne

We have no plans to set up joint Nuclear Risk Reduction Centres with the Soviet Union, nor do we believe that a multi-lateral network of such centres is either necessary or desirable. We shall, however, keep in touch with the progress of the United States and Soviet Nuclear Risk Reduction Centres once they become operational. We welcome the part they will play in further lessening the chances of conflict through the exchange of information and notifications as required under certain existing and possible future arms control and confidence-building agreements to which the United States and Soviet Union are party.