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Nuclear Test Explosions (Ban)

Volume 32: debated on Wednesday 24 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the response of Her Majesty's Government to the proposal by Mr. Gromyko on 1 October at the United Nations for a ban on all nuclear test explosions.

The Government wish to see the Committee on Disarmament in Geneva continue its examination of the outstanding issues of verification and compliance for a comprehensive test ban. We do not believe that Mr. Gromyko's proposals, reflecting only that measure of agreement achieved in the 1977–80 trilateral negotiations, help to resolve those issues.