Skip to main content

Nuclear Weapons

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what means he has considered to achieving the abolition of nuclear weapons. (289142)

The Government are committed to a world free of nuclear weapons and are actively working towards achieving this goal. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister set out his vision in ‘The Road to 2010 - Addressing the Nuclear Question in the Twenty First Century' earlier this month. In this he outlined a three stage process to enable progress towards this goal. This involves:

Transparency and control: reducing expansion of nuclear weapon capabilities and enhancing transparency of existing and future capabilities.

Arms reduction: addressing the challenges and mechanisms through which further multilateral disarmament can occur.

Steps to zero: creating the security conditions and overcoming technical difficulties related to disarmament.

We remain fully committed to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty as the best vehicle for achieving this goal.