§ Mrs. Clwyd
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research he has carried out to investigate weapons systems which could act as alternatives to anti-personnel land mines.
§ Mr. Freeman
The need for anti-personal land mines is kept under review. Such reviews include the investigation of possible alternative ways of carrying out the important defensive role which is currently fulfilled by anti-personnel land mines. Recent operational analysis has not identified any weapon system which could act as an effective alternative to anti-personnel land mines.