Firstly may I wish you a happy New Year and I hope a swift return to front line duties. You did a brilliant job in Northern Ireland, and should have been rewarded, not demoted to the back benches.
My first question concerns the None Proliferation Treaty on Nuclear Weapons. This was proposed by Russia, USA, and ourselves, and came into force in 1970. Article VI reads as follows;
Each party “undertakes to pursue negociations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date, and to nuclear disarmament and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective International control”.
In the last 50 years very little has happened. What effort has the Government undertaken recently to live up to these undertakings, if any at all?
Next, as the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into International Law on 22 January 2021, why has the UK Government refused to take part in it’s formation, and refused point blank to sign it or ever abide by it’s rules? Surely this is against the spirit of the above treaty, and Article VI in particular.
I look forward to hearing from you as soon as you are able to glean all necessary information for me.
Member of Northern Friends Peace Board (Quakers)
Chair of Policy Group VFP. UK. 2021