§ Mr. Merchant
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the United Kingdom's policy on the export of land-mines.
§ Mr. David Davis
On 15 March I extended the scope of our indefinite moratorium on the export of anti-personnel land-mines. It now comprises a total ban on the export of non self-destructing or non-detectable anti-personnel land-mines; plus a ban on the export of all anti-personnel land-mines to countries which have not ratified the weaponry convention.
On 10 April the Foreign Affairs Council agreed a proposal for joint action on land-mines. The joint action includes an European Union-wide moratorium on the export of anti-personnel land-mines, identical in scope to our own moratorium; joint efforts to strengthen the UN weaponry convention; and support for demining.