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Test Ban Treaty

Volume 100: debated on Wednesday 25 June 1986

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has an estimate of the date by which solutions to the technical difficulties of adequately verifying a comprehensive nuclear test ban will become more apparent.

No. But it will be difficult to make progress while some countries refuse to agree to an appropriate mandate for an ad hoc committee at the conference on disarmament to discuss these issues.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if, when the Soviet Foreign Minister, Mr. Shcvardnadze visits the United Kingdom, he proposes to take any new initiatives with regard to (a) a comprehensive test ban treaty, (b) a freeze on new nuclear weapon deployments, (c) tactical nuclear weapons in East and Western Europe, (d) intermediate-range nuclear weapons in East and West Europe or (e) strengthening the anti-ballistic missile treaty.

We look forward to pursuing a broad dialogue on arms control and other issues when the Soviet Foreign Minister visits the United Kingdom on 14–15 July. It would not be appropriate to go into detail at this stage.