§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals Her Majesty's Government intend to make at the third preparatory committee meeting in Geneva on 11 to 16 September, for the nuclear non-proliferation treaty review and external conference in April next year; what support will be made available to non-governmental organisations wishing to attend the prepcom as observers; and if he will place in the Library copies of any non-confidential documents distributed at the preparatory committee meeting in September.
§ Mr. David Davis
At the third preparatory committee meeting we continued to work to ensure that outstanding procedural and administrative matters relating to the 1995 conference could be settled. The preparatory committee decided at its second session that representatives of non-governmental organisations should be allowed, on request, to attend the meetings of the committee other than those designated closed meetings. In accordance with this decision, 52 NGOs attended the meetings of the committee and time was set aside during the week for NGOs to brief delegates on their views. Copies of the NPT secretariat's progress report and the statement delivered by the Presidency of the European Union have been deposited in the Library of the House.