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Summit Conference

Volume 984: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will propose the calling of a summit conference of world leaders to discuss the deteriorating world situation.

We are in close and continuous consultation with our partners and allies. My right hon. and noble Friend, for example, paid a very useful visit to the United States last week. A meeting of Allied Foreign and Defence Ministers is taking place in Brussels today. Several Western leaders will be meeting in Venice on 22/23 June. It is not clear, however, that a specially convened summit conference of world leaders would help to reduce international tension at this stage.