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Disarmament (Anglo- French Proposals)

Volume 531: debated on Wednesday 27 October 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the reasons which led him to propose 31st December, 1953, as the datum line from which agreed reductions in armed forces are to be made under the Franco-British disarmament proposals.

In any disarmament plan the reductions of armaments must start from existing armaments levels. In the Anglo-French proposals tabled in June, we consequently chose what seemed to be a convenient recent date.