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Abm Treaty: Us-Funded Research In Uk

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 7 May 1986

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they have received an undertaking from the United States Government, in the secret Memorandum of Understanding of December 1985 or otherwise, that no research funded by that government in Britain will be used in tests conducted in breach of the strict interpretation of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty of 1972.

The US Government has made it clear that the SDI research programme, which includes research in which the UK participates, will be conducted in accordance with a restrictive interpretation of the ABM Treaty's obligations. Her Majesty's Government have no reason to believe that any research work placed by the US in the UK outside the context of the SDI will not be compliant with US Treaty obligations.