Foreign Affairs Committee: Press Notice

Global Security: Non-Proliferation

On 14 July 2008, the Foreign Affairs Committee announced a new inquiry into Global Security: Non-Proliferation.

For this inquiry the Foreign Affairs Committee will examine the work of the British Government in working towards the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's policy goal on countering weapons proliferation and its causes. The Committee will consider the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. It will also consider the role of ballistic missiles.

In particular, the inquiry will examine:

€ The British Government's non-proliferation approach, as set out in the National Security Strategy;

€ The effectiveness of the current rules-based international system in curbing current weapons proliferation;

€ The potential merit of forthcoming diplomatic initiatives on non-proliferation, for instance the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.

€ The role of arms control and disarmament, including nuclear disarmament, in non-proliferation efforts.

The Committee invite those interested to submit written evidence focusing on one or all of the the above issues. Please refer to the guide for submitting written evidence.

Initial submissions of written evidence are requested by Monday 29 September. Oral evidence sessions are expected to start in Autumn.