Hansard on NPT


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Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference

Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth
Affairs whether he will attend the forthcoming Non-Proliferation Treaty
Review Conference. [221359]

Mr. MacShane [holding answer 21 March 2005]: My right hon. Friend the
Foreign Secretary will not be present at the Nuclear Non-proliferation
Treaty Review Conference in May, but he has asked John Freeman (the UK Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament) to head the
UK delegation.

Mr. Simmonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth
Affairs what assessment he has made of whether there is a need to
strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation treaty to ensure that signatory
states are not able to exploit the treaty by obtaining nuclear
technology under the guise of a peaceful civilian nuclear energy
programme. [223321]

Mr. MacShane: The United Kingdom supports the efforts being made by a
number of bodies to consider how to ensure that nuclear technology
acquired under Article IV of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT)
cannot be diverted to weapons programmes, either while a state is still
party to the treaty, or following withdrawal from it. We hope to

continue this discussion at the upcoming NPT review conference in May,
and are working towards an outcome which strengthens the
non-proliferation regime to deal better with these challenges.

Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty
Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth
Affairs what response he (a) has made and (b) plans to make to the
request by his Indian counterpart on 28 March that the nuclear weapons
states party to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty agree to
irreversible and verifiable cuts in their nuclear arsenals as a
condition of India signing the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.


Mr. MacShane: The Government, including Ministers, have frequent contact
with their Indian counterparts and are familiar with India's views on
nuclear proliferation matters, including Natwar Singh's speech at the
Conference on "Emerging Nuclear Proliferation Challenges" held in Delhi
on 28 March. The Government were not represented at this conference and
is not intending to make a response to Mr. Singh's speech. Mr. Singh's
speech gives no indication that India is willing to become a State Party

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to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which, by the terms of the
treaty, they can only do as a non-nuclear weapon state.