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Foreign and Commonwealth Office and experts to give evidence to Lords nuclear inquiry

The House of Lords International Relations Committee will hear from a Foreign and Commonwealth Office official, and experts from the European Leadership Network and the British American Security Information Council as part of its inquiry ‘the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and nuclear disarmament', on Wednesday 19 December. 

Nuclear weapons are on the international agenda in a way they have not been since the end of the Cold War with rising tensions between nuclear-armed states and the fragmenting of existing non-proliferation and arms control agreements. The Committee is examining the state of global nuclear diplomacy and the United Kingdom's role in it. 

Appearing at 10:40am will be:

  • Sarah Price, Acting Director for Defence and International Security, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
    She is likely to be asked questions including:
  • How do you see the current state of global nuclear diplomacy, and to what extent has it been challenged in recent years?
  • Ahead of the 2020 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) what are the Government's priorities?
  • To what extent is the development of new technologies affecting the established non-proliferation and disarmament regimes?

Appearing at 11.40pm will be:

  • Shatabhisha Shetty, Deputy Director, European Leadership Network
  • Paul Ingram, Executive Director, British American Security Information Council

They are likely to be asked questions including:

  • How effectively has the UK responded to challenges to the global nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime, including the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal?
  • How has the UK's approach to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament developed since the entry into force of the NPT, in particular in recent years?
  • What recommendations would you make to the Government on how to approach these issues ahead of the 2020 Review Conference?

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