HL Deb 26 January 1999 vol 596 c145WA
Lord Kennet

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether it is in accordance with the Convention on the Prevention of Environmental Modification for the herbicide Tebuthiuron to be used to eradicate illegal drug crops, in the course of military action in the "War on Drugs", when the chemical may leave the ground permanently unusable for agriculture and may permanently contaminate groundwater. [HL438]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

The use of herbicides to eradicate illegal drug crops is not addressed by the Convention on the Prohibition of Military or any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques.