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Volume 171: debated on Thursday 26 April 1990

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To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to her oral reply to the hon. Member for Leicestershire, North-West (Mr. Ashby), Official Report, 29 March, column 667, if she will state how many (a) signatory states to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and (b) member states of the missile technology control regime, Her Majesty's Government have contacted over Iraq; and what responses have been received from each state, respectively.

The Government have contacted the group of western states that are parties to the NPT and the other depositary powers of the treaty. The Government have had separate discussions with our European Community partners, and we have contacted all partners of the missile technology control regime. Without exception, our partners share our concern to ensure that barriers against proliferation are strengthened, and that export controls are adequate.