HC Deb 14 April 2000 vol 348 c294W
Sir John Stanley

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the use of(a) airfield runway denial weapons incorporating anti-personnel devices and (b) anti-tank land mines incorporating anti-personnel devices, with special reference to the Ottawa Convention on anti-personnel mines. [118759]

Mr. Hoon

In accordance with our obligations under the Ottawa Convention and the Landmines Act 1998, the Government's policy is not to use any weapon incorporating anti-personnel mines as defined in the Ottawa Convention. This obligation extends to airfield runway denial weapons and anti-tank land mines, and the UK does not retain stocks of any such weapons which contravene the Ottawa Convention.

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