§ Mr. Foulkes
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what preparations have been conducted within Government Departments in readiness for the entry into force of the chemical weapons convention.
§ Mr. Needham
[holding answer 7 July 1994]: My right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade has responsibility for implementation in the United Kingdom of the chemical weapons convention, and this Department would host the national authority provided for under the convention. The DTI liaises closely, both directly and through the appropriate interdepartmental committees, with those other Government Departments which may have an interest in the convention.