HC Deb 26 November 1996 vol 286 c195W
28. Mr. Kevin Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart concerning a ban on the use of anti-personnel land mines. [4338]

Mr. Arbuthnot

My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs considered this issue with his European Union counterparts on 1 October 1996. Discussions on work towards a total worldwide ban on anti-personnel mines takes place regularly between UK and French officials.

Mr. Parry

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his policy in respect of anti-personnel mines. [4487]

Mr. Arbuthnot

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given in reply to a question from the hon. Member for Caernarfon (Mr. Wigley) on 23 April 1996,Official Report, column 84.