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Nuclear Security

Volume 978: debated on Monday 4 February 1980

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asked the Prime Minister what efforts she is now making towards ensuring that there is no repetition of the Khan incident at the joint centrifuge project at Almelo, Holland.

As I have already told the hon. Member on a number of occasions the implementation of Troika security rules and procedures throughout the collaboration are being improved in order to ensure there is no repetition of the Khan affair. This is a continuous process and the hon. Member will understand that I cannot go into the details.

asked the Prime Minister if she will detail the efforts she made to secure undertakings from the Government of Pakistan to the effect that they would not transfer any nuclear technology anywhere else.

The Pakistani authorities are well aware from our many exchanges with them of the concern in this country at their unsafe guarded nuclear programme. Our discussions are necessarily confidential but include confirmation on their part that Pakistan does not intend to transfer nuclear technology to other countries.