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Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library copies of (a) speeches made by the United Kingdom delegation at and (b) documentation submitted to the cluster munitions conference held in Dublin in May; and if he will make a statement on the outcome of the conference. (209149)

Copies of the documents requested by the hon. Member will be placed in the Library of the House. They are also available at the website of the Dublin Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions:

www.clustermunitionsdublin.ie.

As my noble Friend, Lord Malloch-Brown, made clear in another place on 3 June 2008, Official Report, columns 79-80, we are delighted to have played a leading role in bringing about the new draft convention, which was adopted in Dublin on 30 May. We plan to sign the convention when it opens for signature on 3 December in Oslo. We are studying the text to see if legislation is needed before we can ratify. We have taken a significant step towards implementing its norms by ceasing to use all the UK's cluster munitions with immediate effect and by starting the procedure to withdraw them from service. We believe that the new convention will help to make the world a safer place.