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Nuclear Bases (Inspection)

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what provision has been made for Soviet officials to inspect nuclear bases in the United Kingdom as a result of the intermediate range nuclear forces initiative; and if he will make a statement.

Only the United States facilities at RAF Greenham Common and RAF Molesworth will be liable to inspection under the intermediate nuclear forces treaty and the associated agreements when they enter into force. The provisions agreed between the United States and the USSR in the intermediate nuclear forces treaty and its inspection protocol, will be applied in the United Kingdom under an agreement signed on 11 December between the United States and the five European basing countries, and an exchange of notes to be concluded with the Soviet Union concerning the activities of Soviet Inspectors in the United Kingdom. Copies of all these texts will be placed in the Library of the House as soon as they are available. The basing country agreement and exchange of notes will be laid before the House in the usual way.