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Cluster Munitions

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which officials from his Department will be attending the conference to discuss a future cluster munition treaty in Oslo on 21 to 23 February 2007. (110451)

We have not yet received any invitation to the meeting in Oslo. We will consider any invitation carefully, including the nature of UK participation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with (a) EU counterparts and (b) Cabinet colleagues on the Norwegian conference to discuss a future treaty on cluster munitions which will take place on 21 to 23 February 2007 in Oslo. (112685)

There have been no discussions at this level. However, FCO/MOD/DFID officials have continued with interdepartmental discussions on the wider issue of cluster munitions.

The UK's preferred option, as advocated by the UN secretary-general, is to continue our action within the existing framework of the Conference on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW); that is where our focus lies, and that is where the main users' and producers' focus lie.

We will consider carefully any invitation we receive to discuss cluster munitions, but the Norwegians have yet to clarify their concept and a process for any further work on cluster munitions outside of the CCW.