§ 16. Mr. Warbey
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what decisions were taken at the recent council meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation regarding the arming of West German forces with nuclear weapons.
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
The position remains as set out in my answer to the right hon. Member for Ebbw Vale (Mr. Bevan) on 2nd December last and in the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the hon. Member on 9th April.
§ Mr. Warbey
Can the Foreign Secretary confirm the disturbing reports that the arming of German forces with nuclear weapons is being speeded up so that in the event of a freeze of nuclear weapons being agreed upon at a later date Western Germany will already qualify as a member of the nuclear arms club?
§ Mr. Lloyd
I should like to have particulars of any reports before I comment upon them, but if the hon. Member will study the reply given to the right hon. Member for Ebbw Vale (Mr. Bevan) on 2nd December, he will see that there is no idea of the Federal German Republic becoming a member of what he calls the nuclear club.