§ 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.