The Falklands Mines
asked Her Majesty's Government:What progress has been made in the search for a solution to the problem of the Argentinian mines in the Falklands.
The research programme instituted in 1982 to find a safe and effective means of dealing with the Argentinian minefields has so far not produced a solution to the Argentinian FMK 1 plastic anti-personnel mine. We are, however, continuing with the work and will be pursuing some encouraging possibilities that came out of the earlier research programme, and which may also have a useful military application. In the meantime, in order to avoid any further risks to the engineers, there will be no further attempts to clear the minefields, which will be left fenced.
Nuclear Weapons: Outer Space
asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the United States has decided to develop nuclear weapons in outer space and, if so, what agreements and international resolutions are breached by this decision.
No, all states parties to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, including the United States, one of the three depositary governments, have undertaken not to place in orbit around the earth any objects carrying nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass destruction. There is no reason to doubt the continuing commitment of all states parties to this treaty.
Special Quota Vouchers
asked Her Majesty's Government:On what dates the applications for special quota vouchers were originally submitted of those United Kingdom passport holders who were invited for interview in each of the months of 1983, and of 1984 to the latest invitations sent out, for the priority and ordinary queues respectively.
The following is the information:
|Invited for interview
|Ordinary queue application date
|Priority queue (Dependants age 70+) application date
|Mid April/early May 1976
|Early May 1976
|Early/mid May 1976
|Mid May 1976
|September 1980–Feburary 1981
|Mid/late May 1976
|March 1981–April 1982
|Late May/early June 1976
|All existing cases cleared during June/July 1983
|Early/mid June 1976
|Following ministerial decision in March last year, which took effect in August, eligibility for the priority queue was widened by reducing the qualifying age from 70 to 65. Those benefiting have now been invited for interview with the following results.
|Mid June 1976
|June 1976–January 1977
|Mid/late June 1976
|June 1976-January 1977
|Late June/early July 1976
|Early/mid July 1976
|Mid July/early August 1976
|Early/mid August 1976
|December 1977-April 1978
|Mid August/early September 1976
|Early September/early October 1976
|September 1978–April 1979
|Early/mid October 1976
|Mid October/early November 1976
|November 1979–August 1981