HC Deb 22 March 1977 vol 928 cc459-60W
38. Mr. Frank Allaun

asked the Secretary of State for Defence why, six months after the agreement between the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the United States of America to prevent the danger of a nuclear war breaking out and the agreement between France and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics to avert the accidental or unauthorised use of nuclear weapons, he still has not concluded his consideration of the proposals which he then and since announced to be taking place.

Mr. Mulley

The implications of an initiative for a treaty on the prevention of accidental nuclear war require the fullest consideration by all those concerned, and this necessarily takes some time. As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs said on 17th November 1976, my hon. Friend will be informed when the Government have completed their consideration.