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Poison Gas Warfare (Geneva Convention)

Volume 526: debated on Wednesday 14 April 1954

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84.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will publish the terms of the protocol for the prohibition of the use in war of asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases and bacteriological methods of warfare agreed in Geneva on 17th June, 1925, and the names of the signatories to this agreement.

The terms of the Geneva Protocol were published in Command Paper 3604 of 1930, a copy of which is in the Library of the House.The list of countries which had ratified and acceded to the Protocol up to 1930 is to be found in the White Paper. Since then, the following 16 signatory countries have ratified:

  • Bulgaria.
  • Chile.
  • Czechoslovakia.
  • Denmark.
  • Estonia.
  • Greece.
  • Latvia.
  • Lithuania.
  • Luxembourg.
  • Netherlands (including Netherlands Indies,
  • Surinam and Curacao).
  • Norway.
  • Portugal.
  • Roumania.
  • Siam.
  • Sweden.
  • Switzerland.

The following countries have acceded since the White Paper was published:

  • Ceylon.
  • Ethiopia.
  • Iraq.
  • Mexico.

The Central People's Government of China reaffirmed China's accession in 1952.