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Criticism Of British Nuclear Policy In Congress

EDM number 142 in 1993-94, proposed by Llew Smith on 01/12/1993.

That this House notes with interest the critical comments on British nuclear policy voiced in Congress on 18th November by Mike Kopetski (Democrat-Oregon) and Elizabeth Furse (Democrat-Oregon); wishes to draw the attention of the House to their argument that British nuclear policy is threatening to undermine and thwart United States nuclear non-proliferation objectives; agrees with the Representatives that the British approach toward nuclear testing, in particular, has been to place its own narrow plans to test to develop new weapons above the broader benefits of a Comprehensive Test Ban for international efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation; agrees with Representative Kopetski's description of the US-UK underground testing programme in Nevada as 'environmental havoc', for which the United Kingdom will one day have to pay its share of cleaning up and commends his candour in posing the questions 'would Britain continue to test its nuclear bombs if they had to use their own soil to test these bombs? Would the British people allow the detonation of nuclear bombs under their soil?'; would only seek to qualify these criticisms by acknowledging that American nuclear policy retains a commitment to keep nuclear weapons at high levels, to maintain a strategic nuclear triad, and to use nuclear weapons first if necessary, and that this lack of radicalism itself contradicts and undermines United States non-proliferation efforts; and therefore calls for a candour in disclosing details of recent US-UK talks over nuclear weapons and testing policy similar to that forced upon the Government over discussions with the IRA over Ireland.

This motion has been signed by a total of 39 MPs.

Llew Smith01/12/1993Blaenau GwentProposed
Dawn Primarolo01/12/1993Bristol SouthSigned
Alan Simpson01/12/1993Nottingham SouthSigned
John McAllion01/12/1993Dundee EastSigned
Jean Corston01/12/1993Bristol EastSigned
Diane Abbott01/12/1993Hackney North & Stoke NewingtonSigned
Norman Godman02/12/1993Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Jim Dowd02/12/1993Lewisham WestSigned
Jeremy Corbyn02/12/1993Islington NorthSigned
Eric Clarke02/12/1993MidlothianSigned
Malcolm Chisholm02/12/1993Edinburgh LeithSigned
Alan Meale02/12/1993MansfieldSigned
William McKelvey02/12/1993Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
John Heppell02/12/1993Nottingham EastSigned
Dennis Skinner02/12/1993BolsoverSigned
Ernie Ross02/12/1993Dundee WestSigned
Robert Parry02/12/1993Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Colin Pickthall02/12/1993West LancashireSigned
Max Madden02/12/1993Bradford WestSigned
Glenda Jackson02/12/1993Hampstead & HighgateSigned
Harry Barnes06/12/1993North East DerbyshireSigned
Andrew Faulds06/12/1993Warley EastSigned
Bill Michie06/12/1993Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Ken Livingstone07/12/1993Brent EastSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie07/12/1993Glasgow, PollokSigned
Tony Benn07/12/1993ChesterfieldSigned
Eric Illsley08/12/1993Barnsley CentralSigned
Jack Thompson08/12/1993WansbeckSigned
John Gunnell08/12/1993Leeds South and MorleySigned
Win Griffiths08/12/1993BridgendSigned
Tommy Graham08/12/1993Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Harry Cohen08/12/1993LeytonSigned
Michael Clapham08/12/1993Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Ian McCartney08/12/1993MakerfieldSigned
Lynne Jones08/12/1993Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Ian Davidson10/12/1993Glasgow, GovanSigned
Mike Gapes17/12/1993Ilford SouthSigned
Jim Cousins11/01/1994Newcastle upon Tyne CentralSigned
Audrey Wise15/02/1994PrestonSigned

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