Three in four Britons think the UK should be represented at forthcoming nuclear disarmament talks at the United Nations, a survey has revealed.

The YouGov poll, commissioned by campaign group Abolition 2000 UK, showed that 75% of those asked thought British officials should be sent to the talks on Monday March 27, with 16% undecided and 9% believing they should not attend.

The poll comes in the wake of news that the Government will not be attending the talks in New York, officially called the Conference To Negotiate A Legally Binding Instrument To Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Toward Their Total Elimination".

The online survey of 1,951 people revealed that of those who voted Conservative at the May 2015 general election, 79% were in favour of the Government attending, while support was at the same level among Labour voters.

Those aged 65 and over were the most fervent supporters of Britain being represented, with younger voters less sure, but still more than 70% in favour.

The Foreign Office said the Government's position on the talks had previously been set out in an answer by the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Sir Alan Duncan on March 13.

He said: "The UK did not participate in the organisational meeting on negotiating a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons on 16 February and will not attend the substantive negotiations on 27 March.

"We do not believe these negotiations will lead to effective progress on global nuclear disarmament.

"The best way to achieve this goal is through gradual multilateral disarmament negotiated using a step by step approach and within existing international frameworks."