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Written Answers

Volume 447: debated on Friday 10 February 1984

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Written Answers

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 interviewOrdinary queue application datePriority queue (Dependants age 70+) application date
JanuaryMid April/early May 1976July/December 1979
FebruaryEarly May 1976January-June 1980
MarchEarly/mid May 1976June-September 1980
AprilMid May 1976September 1980–Feburary 1981
MayMid/late May 1976March 1981–April 1982
JuneLate May/early June 1976All existing cases cleared during June/July 1983
JulyEarly/mid June 1976Following 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.
AugustMid June 1976June 1976–January 1977
SeptemberMid/late June 1976June 1976-January 1977
OctoberLate June/early July 1976January-February 1977
NovemberEarly/mid July 1976March-April 1977
DecemberMid July/early August 1976May-November 1977
JanuaryEarly/mid August 1976December 1977-April 1978
FebruaryMid August/early September 1976April-July 1978
MarchEarly September/early October 1976September 1978–April 1979
AprilEarly/mid October 1976May-November 1979
MayMid October/early November 1976November 1979–August 1981