§ Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean
We assess that a number of countries around the world either possess, or are seeking to acquire, biological weapons and their means of delivery. The risks of proliferation and the threat posed to the United Kingdom and its armed forces by such weapons were described in the Ministry176WA of Defence's 1999 publication Defending against the Threat from Biological and Chemical Weapons. A copy of this publication has been placed in the Library of the House. We continue to monitor the risks of proliferation actively and to pursue the range of policies set out in the paper to counter them, namely arms control, preventing supply, deterring use and defending against.