HC Deb 28 February 1995 vol 255 c505W
28. Mr. Norman Hogg

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what action his Department has taken to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the last 12 months.

Mr. Soames

The prevention of the proliferation of nuclear weapons is one of the main aims of the United Kingdom's security policy. My Department supports a wide range of measures to this end, includingActively working to have the nuclear non-proliferation treaty extended idefinitely and unconditionally at the review and extension conference of states parties in April/May. Playing a positive and constructive part in negotiations for a comprehensive test ban treaty. Making a full contribution to the work of the Zangger Committee and Nuclear Suppliers Group. Scrutiny of export licence applications for nuclear-related goods to sensitive destinations. Trying to establish a mandate for an ad hoc committee at the conference on disarmament in Geneva to negotiate a Convention banning production of fissile material for military explosive purposes.