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Non-Proliferation Treaty

Volume 82: debated on Tuesday 2 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the approach Her Majesty's Government will be adopting to the third review conference of the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear and weapons.

Our position towards this important conference was fully set out in the speech of my hon. Friend the Member for Shoreham (Mr. Luce) during the Adjournment debate on this subject on 6 June, at columns 547–48.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received expressing concern for the future of the non-proliferation treaty; and if he will make a statement.

both education and training require considerable estimation and have not been produced for all years since then. The figures readily available covering both full-time and part-time participation are as follows:

Participation in education


† and training‡United Kingdom






21 to 24201819

* Ages 16 to 18 include estimates for part-time private sector education and training, but exclude full-time private further education estimated as 4 per cent. at 16 and 2 per cent. at 16 to 18. Ages 19 and over exclude private sector education.

† Includes evening students, discounted for overlap with other types of study.
‡ Including apprenticeships, YOPs in 1979 and 1981. and in 1983, YTS.
≑ The split between 19 and 20-year-olds is partly estimated.

A limited amount of comparable information is available for 1979 and 1981 for a few countries, as follows:

I refer the hon. Member to the reply my hon. Friend the Member for Shoreham (Mr. Luce) gave to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Ashdown) on 26 June, at columns 416–17,