§ Mr. Aitken
The Government are committed to playing an active and constructive part in the negotiation of a comprehensive nuclear test ban. We will look for a verifiable and effective prohibition of all nuclear tests, with the aim of making a contribution to our international non-proliferation objectives. Previously, a minimal programme of nuclear testing has been an important part of proving the safety and reliability of our nuclear warheads. We now aim to use and develop alternative technologies.