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 Letter from B.B. Boshell


  In connection with the above inquiry I have studied the terms of reference and would like to submit the following points:

    —  I consider the Non Proliferation Treaty to have been largely effective in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons to other countries. It is acknowledged that not all nuclear states are signatories.

    —  It is disappointing that the P5 states have not honoured their commitments under Article 6 of the NPT. In fact, they are modernising their nuclear arsenals.

    —  Unless there is genuine movement on the part of the P5 states the NPT is in danger of collapse.

    —  Here is a chance for the UK to take a world lead in honouring its commitments under Article 6 by abandoning its plans to renew the Trident submarine system.

    —  The agreement to site US missile defence interceptors in Poland, and possibly the Czech Republic, has produced a predictably dangerous response from Russia.

    —  The UK should refuse the US government the use of the Yorkshire bases Fylingdales and Menwith Hill for the missile defence system. This will exacerbate the arms race which seems apparent.

  Thanking you, in advance, for your attention to these matters

30 August 2008

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