HC Deb 10 January 1996 vol 269 cc248-9W
34. Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects international agreement to be achieved to curtail land mine production, trade and use. [6872]

Mr. David Davis

We shall work to agree strengthened provisions on the use, as well as some restrictions on the transfer, of land mines at the conference reviewing the 1981 United Nations weaponry convention, when this resumes its work in Geneva between 15 and 19 January and between 22 April and 3 May 1996.

Thereafter, we shall take forward our proposal for a complementary land mine control programme, which seeks progressively to eliminate long-lived anti-personnel land mines, inter alia through restrictions on their production and stockpiling.