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Nuclear Weapons: Arms Control

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the statement by the then Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the right hon. Member for Derby South ( Margaret Beckett), of 14 March 2007, Official Report, column 301, in response to the hon. Member for Ilford, South (Mike Gapes), what subsequent discussions he has had with the governments of (a) India and (b) Pakistan on their becoming signatories to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty; and what response he received. (244117)

Ministers and officials regularly discuss nuclear non-proliferation with the governments of India and Pakistan. We make clear our wish to see both countries sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as non-nuclear weapon states. Although neither country has indicated it is ready to accede to the NPT, we are working to bring both India and Pakistan closer to the international non proliferation mainstream, including through the negotiation of a fissile material cut-off treaty.