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Nuclear Forces (Europe)

Volume 986: debated on Monday 16 June 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he has agreed to any time limit being placed on the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation offer to negotiate on the levels of longer range theatre nuclear forces in Europe.

There is no time limit. The American offer to negotiate, agreed with the allies last December, remains on the table. We hope that in due course the Russians will be prepared to discuss these issues without the unacceptable preconditions which they have so far attached.