HL Deb 15 March 1999 vol 598 c62WA
Lord Kennet

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will cite the United Nations Security Council Resolution which legitimates attacks under the new United States policy to topple Saddam Hussein, in which British aircraft are now taking part. [HL1421]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

RAF aircraft are patrolling the No Fly Zones as they have since their inception in 1991 92. When shot at or otherwise threatened, they are responding in self-defence. This is permissible under international law.