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Chemical Weapons

Volume 181: debated on Friday 23 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what is his policy as to the most appropriate response to a chemical weapon attack by Iraq;(2) what is his policy as to the most appropriate response to the use of chemical weapons by Iraq.

The Government would take the gravest view of any Iraqi attack using chemical weapons. I am not prepared to indicate in advance what our response to such an attack might be.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if the Government will invest further resources in chemical weapons research following the developments in the Gulf;

(2) if the Government will invest further resources in biological weapons research following the developments in the Gulf.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer that my predecessor the hon. Member for Romford (Mr. Neubert), gave to her questions on 8 February 1990, Official Report, columns 775–76.