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Non-Proliferation Treaty

Volume 76: debated on Wednesday 3 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards extending the competence of the European Economic Community into matters of non-proliferation; and how such proposals would affect the United Kingdom obligations under the non-proliferation treaty.

We regard competence in non-proliferation matters as resting with the member states of the Community.Discussions on non-proliferation matters between member states are carried on in the political co-operation machinery which is outside the framework of the treaty of Rome.