§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is Her Majesty's Government's policy towards a comprehensive test ban treaty which allows the conducting of hydro-nuclear588W explosions in a laboratory; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. David Davis
The United Kingdom remains committed to negotiating a comprehensive test ban treaty. We intend to abide by the terms of the treaty when it enters into force. At the same time, the United Kingdom, like the other nuclear weapon states, will need to take the necessary steps to fulfil our responsibility to ensure the safety and reliability of our nuclear weapons.