§ Lord Hoyle
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What information they have provided to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons about the United Kingdom's chemical protection programme for 2002. [HL2618]
§ Lord Bach
The United Kingdom's chemical protection programme is designed to protect against the use of chemical weapons. Such a programme is permitted by the Chemical Weapons Convention, with which the UK is fully compliant. Under the terms of the convention, we are required to provide information annually to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). In accordance with the Government's commitment to openness, we are placing in the Library of the House a copy of the summary that has been provided to the organisation outlining the UK's chemical protection programme for 2002. To increase transparency, the format of this year's summary has been revised and for the first time information on civil protection is included.