House Of Lords

Written answers and statements, House of Lords: Nuclear Weapons, 19 December 2011

Lord Ashcroft (Conservative)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries have or they consider are developing nuclear weapons.

Lord Howell of Guildford (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Conservative)
The Non-Proliferation Treaty recognises five nuclear-weapon states: the US, Russia, UK, France, and China. In addition India and Pakistan have publicly declared that they have nuclear weapons and we consider that North Korea’s nuclear test demonstrates a nuclear weapons capability. We share the International Atomic Energy Agency’s concerns about the possible military dimensions to the Iranian nuclear programme, and are aware of the widespread assumption that Israel has nuclear weapons.

Written answers and statements, House of Lords: Iran, 19 December 2011

Lord Janner of Braunstone (Labour)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of Iran’s nuclear programme.

Lord Howell of Guildford (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Conservative)
We, along with the rest of the international community, are gravely concerned about the Iranian nuclear programme. The most recent report from the International Atomic Energy Agency director-general is clear: Iran continues to flout six United Nations Security Council resolutions requiring it to suspend uranium enrichment, and conduct “undisclosed nuclear related activities involving military related organizations, including activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile”.

http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/focus/iaeairan/iaea_reports.shtml

This is why we and our international partners have agreed robust sanctions aimed at preventing Iran from obtaining the material and finance it needs for its nuclear programme and pressuring the Iranian Government to return to talks.

Written answers and statements, House of Lords: Israel, 19 December 2011

Lord Stoddart of Swindon (Independent Labour)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 30 November (WA 75), whether they will propose to the United Nations that they seek details from Israel of any stocks and types of nuclear weapons and their ability to produce such weapons.

Lord Howell of Guildford (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Conservative)
We have no plans to propose to the United Nations that they seek details from Israel of any stocks and types of weapons and their ability to produce such weapons, but are committed to a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction. We are taking steps to achieve this through our co-sponsorship of the Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone Conference resolution, and have encouraged all parties, including Israel, to engage constructively.

Written answers and statements, House of Lords: Israel, 21 November 2011

Baroness Tonge (Liberal Democrat)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning its failure to accede to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Lord Howell of Guildford (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Conservative)
The Government have regular discussions with the Government of Israel on a wide range of nuclear issues. During these dialogues we have consistently encouraged Israel to sign up to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Written answers and statements, House of Lords: Turkey, 21 November 2011

Lord Patten (Conservative)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Turkey’s foreign policy towards Iran as far as it affects United Kingdom economic and strategic interests.

Lord Howell of Guildford (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Conservative)
Turkey has an important role to play in the international community’s response to the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear programme. We welcome Turkey’s willingness to engage on this difficult issue, including through encouraging Iran to negotiate seriously with the E3+3 (UK, US, China, France, Germany and Russia) and co-operate fully with the International Atomic and Energy Agency. We also welcome Turkey’s commitment to ensure sanctions are implemented robustly and address proliferation concerns with Iran.

Written answers and statements, House of Lords: Nuclear Weapons, 26 October 2011

Viscount Waverley (Crossbench)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the contents of the Declaration on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World moved at the Astana Conference on 12 October 2011.

Lord Wallace of Saltaire (Whip, House of Lords; Liberal Democrat)
The Government share with Kazakhstan the ultimate objective of a world without nuclear weapons. Our ambassador to Kazakhstan attended the Astana conference on 12 October to show our support for this goal. The Declaration on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World rightly highlights some of the major achievements over the past 18 months, including the successful 2010 non-proliferation treaty (NPT) review conference. We agree with the declaration’s assessment of some of the challenges ahead, not least the need to break the deadlock in the conference on disarmament in order to start negotiations on a fissile material cut-off treaty. The UK looks forward to working with Kazakhstan and our other international partners on the urgent tasks of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and making further progress on disarmament.

Written answers and statements, House of Lords: Energy: Nuclear Tests, 5 July 2011

Baroness Brinton (Liberal Democrat)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of all documents held by the Ministry of Defence, Atomic Weapons Establishment and external agencies relating to the planning and execution of the British nuclear tests and subsequent clean-up operations have been disclosed.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a list of all documents held by the Ministry of Defence, Atomic Weapons Establishment and external agencies relating to the planning and execution of the British nuclear tests.

Lord Astor of Hever (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defence; Conservative)
The Ministry of Defence and its external agencies release records to the National Archives in accordance with the Public Records Act 1956. The MoD withholds from release to the public at the National Archives files that are over 30 years old, or extracts from them, if and for so long as their contents are judged to be sensitive.

In relation to nuclear test veterans and recent legal proceedings, the MoD has within the context of the High Court and the War Pensions Tribunal proceedings worked to ensure that all relevant material from classified documents can be used, subject to special security arrangements. As part of this process the MoD conducted a major disclosure exercise in 2008 which has continued into 2011 and over 12,000 documents have been disclosed. The Court of Appeal judgment on the nuclear test veterans’ group action on 22 November 2010 noted that the MoD had taken its duty of disclosure very seriously.

Written answers and statements, House of Lords: Weapons of Mass Destruction, 21 June 2011

Lord Judd (Labour)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in response to the 1995 resolution calling for a weapons of mass destruction-free zone in the Middle East, to ensure that the 2012 conference which the Non-Proliferation Treaty signatory states agreed in New York on 28 May 2010 should be convened takes place and that the required host government and facilitator are designated in collaboration with the United Nations Security Council.

Lord Howell of Guildford (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Conservative)
The UK has been in close contact with the US and Russian colleagues- the co-sponsors of the (1995) resolution-to take forward appointing a facilitator and a host country for a conference in 2012, as set out in the final document of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference of 2010. We are also consulting the UN Secretary-General, regional states and agencies which have an important role to play. The EU seminar on a weapons of mass destruction-free zone in the Middle East in early July will be a useful chance to engage with key stakeholders.

Written answers and statements, House of Lords: Arms Reduction, 10 May 2011

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer (Liberal Democrat)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 26 April (WA 8), whether they will publish their proposals for the agenda for the forthcoming P5 conference on 30 June in Paris.

Lord Howell of Guildford (Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Conservative)
UK officials are working closely with the French hosts and our other P5 partners to prepare for a successful conference in Paris that both builds on progress made at the 2009 London P5 conference and takes forward the recommendations of the action plan agreed at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in May 2010. The detailed proposals for the agenda and the discussions themselves will remain confidential, but we expect the P5 to release a communiqué after their conference.

Written answers and statements, House of Lords: Arms Reduction, 26 April 2011

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer (Liberal Democrat)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what preparations they are making for the meeting agreed by the P5 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) to meet in Paris in June 2011 to discuss nuclear transparency and ways of verifying additional arms reductions; whether a date or agenda have been agreed for the meeting; and whether the agenda will be published.

Lord Wallace of Saltaire (Whip, House of Lords; Liberal Democrat)
France intends to host the P5 Conference in Paris on 30 June 2011. We are working with France and our other P5 partners towards a comprehensive agenda that builds on the first P5 conference hosted by the UK in 2009, and that takes forward implementation of the Action Plan agreed at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in May 2010. We expect a communiqué to be released after the conference.

Written answers and statements, House of Lords: Nuclear Research, 4 April 2011

Lord Jenkin of Roding (Conservative)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions took place on a framework programme for nuclear research and training activities for 2012-13 at the European Union Competitiveness Council on 9 and 10 March; and what contribution they made to those discussions.

Baroness Wilcox (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Business, Innovation and Skills; Conservative)
The Commission presented proposals for a Euratom framework programme for nuclear research and training activities for 2012-13 at the Competitiveness Council on 9 March.

The UK representative welcomed the proposals and wanted to see rapid progress towards agreeing them in council. The UK representative added it would be important to ensure sufficient funding on JET was made available for 2012-13, and that progress on putting in place contractual arrangements for JET funding in 2012 should begin without delay.

The presidency said it would facilitate swift progress on adoption of the Euratom framework programme proposals. In respect of progress on ITER, there was recognition of the need to work with the European Parliament to reach a decision on additional funding for ITER.

Written Answers, Trident, House of Lords, 27 January 2011

Lord Dykes (Liberal Democrat)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to publish the long term cost estimates of the proposed Trident missile replacement.

Lord Astor of Hever (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defence; Conservative)

There are no plans yet to develop a replacement to the Trident D5 missile, which we expect to remain in service until the 2040s, and we do not anticipate decisions on a D5 replacement being required during the life of this Parliament. There is therefore no further long-term estimate of the potential cost of a replacement missile beyond that published in the 2006 White Paper (CM6994) The Future of the UK’s Nuclear Deterrent. Copies are available in the Library of the House.

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