HL Deb 08 July 2003 vol 651 cc30-1WA
Lord Hylton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether warnings have been given to the civilian population of Iraq about the dangers of unexploded ordnance and of cluster bomblets in particular; and whether known sites of land mines and unexploded cluster bombs have been clearly marked. [HL3393]

Lord Bach

United Kingdom forces have launched an awareness programme, aimed at children and young adults in particular, about the dangers of unexploded ordnance of all types. It includes giving briefings in schools and colleges and putting up posters.

Whenever unexploded munitions—including cluster bomblets—are discovered, UK forces mark the site and inform those in the vicinity. The munitions are then destroyed by available resources according to the priority of threat they pose to continuing operations and civilian life.