HC Deb 14 June 1994 vol 244 cc378-9W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has been consulted by, or made representations to, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the application to the International Court of Justice on the legality of nuclear weapons made by the World Health Organisation; and what representations she has made to the World Health Organisation on its submission.

Dr. Mawhinney

I refer the hon. Member to the replies the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs—my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Grantham (Mr. Hogg)—gave him on 1 February at column605 and 28 February at column 547, which stated that the Government's submission to the International Court of Justice will set out the position of the Government on this issue. Relevant Departments, including the Department of Health, have therefore been consulted. The Department has made no representation to the World Health Organisation about its submission to the court.