HC Deb 31 July 1974 vol 878 c207W
Mr. Frank Allaun

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what instructions have been given to the British delegation at the United Nations on its policy towards a resolution deploring the use of napalm jellied petrol weapons.

Mr. Ennals

The attitude of our delegation towards such a resolution would depend upon the terms in which it was couched.

The British Manual of Military Law notes that the use of flame-throwers and napalm bombs, though lawful when directed against military targets, is contrary to the law of war when used against personnel in so far as it is calculated to cause unnecessary suffering.