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Chemical Weapons

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library copies of papers submitted by the United Kingdom to the Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons convention; and if he will make a statement on progress made with compliance with the convention. [111235]

The United Kingdom has tabled a total of nine papers at the CWC Review Conference. A further UK paper on Challenge Inspections has been adopted as an EU Paper. This represents by far the largest contribution of any State Party. I will place copies of all 10 papers in the Library of the House, together with a copy of the UK national statement to the Conference. In this we welcomed the progress made towards universality of the convention and the extensive world-wide inspection and monitoring regime that has been put in place by the OPCW. The UK also stressed the central importance of compliance with all the obligations of the CWC and urged other States Parties to follow the lead the UK has set in actively seeking clarification of national declarations. The UK believes that the CWC can play a significant role in deterring offensive CW programmes and in the war against terrorism.