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New Zealand (Royal Navy Visits)

Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his policy regarding Royal Navy visits to New Zealand.

Following the Defence Secretary's announcement in September that our ships would not carry tactical nuclear weapons in normal circumstances, the New Zealand Prime Minister has agreed that there is now no reason for British warships not to visit New Zealand. The timing of any possible future visit by a British ship to New Zealand remains to be decided in the light of operational needs.