18th December 2017

Sir Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what international partners and organisations the Government works with to help tackle weapons proliferation.

Sir Alan Duncan, Minister of State for Europe and the Americas at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office: ​The Government works with a wide range of international partners and organisations to address the proliferation of conventional weapons, nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and their means of delivery. We work with almost all states around the world, both bilaterally and multilaterally, to support the implementation of non-proliferation treaties, including the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, and the Arms Trade Treaty. We work with key global institutions to counter weapons proliferation, including the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and the Conference on Disarmament. The Government seeks to strengthen and harmonise strategic export controls through groups such as the Missile Technology Control Regime, the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Australia Group, and the Wassenaar Arrangement. The Government also works with academic and non-governmental organisations to support these international activities.

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