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Cluster Munitions

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 3 June 2003, ref. 110261, whether he has received reports of civilian casualties in Iraq as a consequence of the dropping of cluster bombs that have yet to be verified. [117759]

The preponderance of unexploded munitions littering Iraq following decades of conflicts means that it is difficult to deduce definitively what injuries may have been caused by particular kinds of ordnance. United Kingdom Field Hospitals have reported eight injuries which may possibly have been caused by cluster munitions. I am aware of the existence of further unsubstantiated reports in the media and from other sources.