HC Deb 22 December 1988 vol 144 c382W
Mr. O'Neill

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any assessment has been made of the cost of verifying(a) a world de chemcial weapons ban and (b) a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation/Warsaw Pact chemical weapons ban.

Mr. Waldegrave

We remain committed to negotiating a global, effectively verifiable ban on CW, but until the verification regime has been further elaborated, it is not possible to make detailed estimates of the verification costs of any CW convention. A British Government paper presented to the conference on disarmament last year (Making the Chemical Weapons Ban Effective: CD 769) expressed the view that the costs of implementing a global CW convention were unlikely to be less than for the current IAEA budget.

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