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Biological And Toxic Weapons

Volume 981: debated on Wednesday 19 March 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the review conference in Geneva on the 1972 convention on biological and toxic weapons will take into account new developments in microbiology such as genetic manipulation; and what the British position will be.

The biological weapons convention review conference is considering a paper prepared by the three depository Governments—United Kingdom, United States and Soviet Union—on the effect on the convention of new scientific and technological developments, including genetic engineering. A copy of this paper has been placed in the Library of the House.