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Nuclear-Free Zone

Volume 130: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is Her Majesty's Government policy on the proposals of the Warsaw pact countries of a nuclear-free corridor along the line of contact between the Warsaw pact and NATO with a width of 300 km and from which all types of offensive weapons would be withdrawn; and if he will make a statement.

It is our view that such a nuclear-free corridor would not enhance the security of the area. The corridor could still be targeted by weapons based outside and mobile systems could easily be moved back at a time of tension.