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Nuclear Weapons

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 4 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his US counterparts about (a) their intention to repeal the 1993 legislation banning the research, development and production of nuclear weapons and (b) the statement at the second session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2003 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that the US was reducing reliance on nuclear weapons. [116837]

We have regular contacts with the United States about matters relating to nuclear weapons. I am not aware of any substantive discussions on either of the two issues but the Ministry of Defence is aware of US Administration statements and views.