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Nuclear Hardware

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 7 February 1980

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asked the Prime Minister if she will discuss with President Carter the policy of the London Group of Countries towards exports of key nuclear manufacturing hardware material to Pakistan, with a view to slowing down nuclear proliferation in Asia.

As the hon. Member will know from my answer to his question on 22 January, the guidelines of the Nuclear Suppliers Group are designed to avoid nuclear exports contributing to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, whether in Asia or elsewhere. Our own nuclear export policy is largely based on those guidelines. I have at present no plans to discuss them with President Carter