HC Deb 17 October 1994 vol 248 cc168-9W
Mr. Llew Smith

To ask the President of the Board of Trade how his Department was represented at the annual meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency held in Vienna on 19 to 23 September; what proposals were put forward to the conference by the United Kingdom delegation; what proposals from other nations' delegations were accepted by the United Kingdom; and if he will put copies of documents submitted in the Library.

Mr. Charles Wardle

The United Kingdom delegation was led by the new United Kingdom governor to the IAEA, Mr Meadway, head of the DTI's Export Control and Non-Proliferation Division. In his statement on behalf of the United Kingdom, Mr Meadway reiterated Her Majesty's Government's full support for the objectives and principal activities of the agency, in particular in the areas of safeguards and nuclear safety. To this end the United Kingdom was among the first to sign the nuclear safety convention which opened for signature during the conference.

The United Kingdom delegation took a full and active part during the conference making statements in support of measures to strengthen the agency's main activities and assisting the German delegation, on behalf of the European Community, in putting forward a resolution on the recent seizures of smuggled fissionable material.

A copy of the document produced by the IAEA containing resolutions and other decisions of the General Conference will be placed in the Library of the House when it becomes available.