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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-02639

NPT Review Conference and Anniversary of TPNW Entry into Force

Submitted by: Bill Kidd, Glasgow Anniesland, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Supported by: Karen Adam, Clare Adamson, Colin Beattie, Siobhian Brown, Stephanie Callaghan, Maggie Chapman, Natalie Don, Bob Doris, James Dornan, Annabelle Ewing, Kenneth Gibson, Ross Greer, Emma Harper, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, John Mason, Paul McLennan, Stuart McMillan, Audrey Nicoll, Kaukab Stewart, David Torrance, Evelyn Tweed, Mercedes Villalba
Current status: Due to be taken in the Chamber on Thursday, January 20, 2022

That the Parliament recognises that the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force on 22 January 2021; notes that the first meeting of state parties (1st MSP) will take place in Vienna from 22 to 24 March 2022; further notes that the 1st MSP will determine the rules of procedure for observers and state participators, deadlines for disarmament, verification and removal of nuclear weapons, and victim remediation with an emphasis on the disproportionate impact on indigenous communities and women and girls; recognises that the Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will take place from 4 to 28 January 2022; understands that the UK is a state party to this treaty, and is accordingly bound by Article 6, which is to "pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament"; believes that civil society groups in Scotland, including in the Glasgow Anniesland constituency, consider that the decision to increase the UK's nuclear stockpile creates a higher risk of an accident on Scottish roads, as warheads are transported to and from Faslane, Coulport, and notes the reported calls from civil society groups for the UK Government to uphold its commitment to Article 6 of the NPT and to engage with the 1st MSP on the TPNW in Vienna next year.