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Cluster Munitions

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment the Government has made of the humanitarian impact of the use of cluster munitions by UK forces in recent conflicts to ensure compliance with international humanitarian law. (94448)

In all recent conflicts, the UK has complied with International Humanitarian Law in the use of all munitions, including cluster munitions. The decision to use all munitions, including cluster munitions against a target is based on a comprehensive assessment that takes into account the UK's legal obligations under International Humanitarian Law, the nature of the target, and the weapons available to attack it.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the failure rate is for RBL 755 cluster bombs used by British forces. (94451)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 17 March 2006, Official Report, column 2515W, to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew).