§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has received from his(a) Russian and (b) American counterparts regarding the current status of the research and development capability of Russia's germ warfare programme.
§ Mr. Hanley
The terms of the 1992 Russia—United States—United Kingdom trilateral agreement designed to address concerns about Russian non-compliance with the 1972 biological and toxin weapons convention, only allows for information to be exchanged on a confidential basis. It is not therefore possible to reveal details of information gained through this process.