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Nuclear Weapons

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 223040, tabled on 3 February 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the date and agenda are of the meeting in London on nuclear weapons of the Permanent Five Security Council members to be hosted by the Government; and if he will publish on his Department's website a list of all attendees at and the minutes of the meeting.

Answered on

9 February 2015

This answer is a correction from the original answer.

The London P5 Conference took place at Lancaster House, 4-5 February, and covered a wide range of issues relevant to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, encompassing disarmament, non-proliferation and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The Conference included outreach with a number of non-nuclear weapon states – Australia, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates – as well as civil society. P5 delegates also visited the Atomic Weapons Establishment; this was part of our efforts to enhance transparency, but appropriate measures were put in place to ensure that our national security interests were protected.

The P5 Heads of Delegation were as follows:

- China: Wang Qun, Director General, Department of Arms Control and Disarmament
- France: Hélène Duchêne, Director for Strategic Affairs
- Russia: Grigory Berdennikov, Ambassador-at-Large
- UK: Peter Jones, Director for Defence and International Security
- United States: Rose Gottemoeller, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security

The P5 issued a statement on conclusion of the Conference, which is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/joint-statement-from-the-nuclear-weapon-states-at-the-london-p5-conference. This captures the key outcomes of the meeting.

Original answer

The London P5 Conference took place at Lancaster House, 4-5 February, and covered a wide range of issues relevant to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, encompassing disarmament, non-proliferation and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The Conference included outreach with a number of non-nuclear weapon states – Australia, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates – as well as civil society. P5 delegates also visited the Atomic Weapons Establishment; this was part of our efforts to enhance transparency, but appropriate measures were put in place to ensure that our national security interests were protected.

The P5 Heads of Delegation were as follows:

- China: Wang Qun, Director General, Department of Arms Control and Disarmament
- France: Hélène Duchêne, Director for Strategic Affairs
- Russia: Grigory Berdennikov, Ambassador-at-Large
- UK: Peter Jones, Director for Defence and International Security
- United States: Rose Gottemoeller, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security

The P5 issued a statement on conclusion of the Conference, which is available here: [link to be inserted once live]. This captures the key outcomes of the meeting.