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Nuclear Tests

Volume 643: debated on Tuesday 4 July 1961

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asked the Prime Minister, in view of the deadlock in the Geneva talks on the testing of nuclear weapons between the United States and Russia, the possibility of one or both of these nations independently deciding to resume tests, and the extent of world opinion against these tests, if he will approach both Mr. Kennedy and Mr. Khrushchev with a view to reaching joint agreement on a continuation of the present unofficial ban on such tests.

No. Although the present de facto suspension of nuclear tests was a step in the right direction, it does not afford an adequate basis for a permanent settlement of this problem. Throughout the whole period of the negotiations at Geneva we have never deviated from the view that the cessation of nuclear tests must be accomplished by a Treaty providing for effective control measures under international supervision.