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Cluster Munitions

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to implement the UK's obligations under the terms of the Oslo convention on cluster munitions. (267193)

The Ministry of Defence immediately withdrew service cluster munitions prohibited by the convention from operational service following the adoption of the text of the convention on cluster munitions on 30 May 2008 and before its signature on 3 December 2008. Further, the MOD has already started a destruction programme that aims to destroy these munitions ahead of the deadline set out in the convention of eight years after its entry into force.