On Thursday 21 January, Lord Hannay of Chiswick, Chair of the Global Security and Non-Proliferation All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) opened this key debate in the House of Lords with the motion to “to call attention to the prospects for multilateral nuclear disarmament and for strengthening nuclear non-proliferation”.
Eighteen peers in total participated in this debate. This is evidence of the growing interest and support for the objectives of multilateral nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation amongst senior British parliamentarians. The peers raised range of different issues including: the NPT Review Conference, the ICNND recommendations, increasing IAEA safeguard measures, reducing nuclear stockpiles and nuclear declaratory policy, to name but a few.
Important contributions were made by TLG members Lord Howe of Aberavon, Lord Roberston of Port Ellen and Lord King of Bridgewater where they each recounted personal experiences of dealing with the awesome responsibility of nuclear weapons.
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