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Nuclear Security

Volume 977: debated on Thursday 31 January 1980

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asked the Prime Minister what discussions she has had with Chancellor Schmidt on security arrangements at the Joint Centrifuge Centre, at URENCO Almelo, Holland, run by Great Britain, West Germany and Holland, in the light of the Khan incident, involving nuclear proliferation in the Arab world.

None, but we remain in close touch with the German and Netherlands Governments about the follow-up to the Khan affair.

What assurances have the Germans given that they will do everything possible to stop their sophisti- cated industries from exporting items such as inverters, which make possible a nuclear capacity for developing countries?

I am not aware of any particular assurance given through the joint committee. The hon. Gentleman knows of the concern of all who are connected with the centrifuge enrichment plant there that there should be no repetition of previous events. We are four-square behind the nuclear non-proliferation agreement. We all genuinely and sincerely endeavour to carry out those duties in practice.