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Volume 981: debated on Wednesday 26 March 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what is the evidence of his increasing concern that the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is using lethal gas in Afghanistan.

There have been a number of press reports in recent weeks that the Soviet Union has been using chemical weapons in its campaign in Afghanistan. It is difficult to obtain reliable information about Soviet military operations there. So far there is no definite evidence to support allegations about chemical weapons. If these were true we would be deeply concerned.