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Volume 933: debated on Monday 13 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will remove as one of the conditions for supporting prohibitions of, or restrictions on, the use of certain weapons that they are acceptable to militarily significant States.

No. To be realistic and effective, prohibitions and restrictions must have widespread acceptance and observance. Implementation of a proposal by a limited number of States would not be effective and might prejudice national security in a way which could be destabilising.