HC Deb 18 July 2000 vol 354 cc139-40W
16. Mr. Galloway

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will meet Mr. Scott Ritter to discuss progress made on the disarmament of Iraq; and if he will make a statement. [129556]

Mr. Hain

The responsibility for ensuring the destruction of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction capability lies with the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Monitoring Commission (UNMOVIC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), under relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions. We are in close touch with both organisations. I shall be discussing this important issue with the Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC, Dr. Hans Blix, on 27 July.

Mr. Llew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British companies are listed in United Nations reports of inspection visits to Iraq since 1991 as having provided technology used in the Iraqi programmes of weapons of mass destruction. [130851]

Mr. Hain

It is not our practice to comment on information that was given to us in confidence by the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM). In any case, UNSCOM did not share information from inspection reports with the UK except when seeking our help to follow up that information.

Copies of UNSCOM's reports to the UN Security Council are held in the Libraries of the House.

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